Abor­tion-law stay in Florida stands

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

TAL­LA­HAS­SEE, Fla. — Pre­dict­ing that a le­gal chal­lenge to Florida’s 24-hour abor­tion wait­ing pe­riod likely will suc­ceed, the state Supreme Court said Thurs­day that it will leave in place an or­der pre­vent­ing en­force­ment of the law.

Florida’s con­sti­tu­tion, which es­tab­lishes the right to “be let alone and free from gov­ern­men­tal in­tru­sion” in one’s pri­vate life, has been used to strike down other laws re­strict­ing ac­cess to abor­tion. The court said there’s a like­li­hood that the wait­ing pe­riod, passed in 2015, also will be found un­con­sti­tu­tional.

“Through the Manda­tory De­lay Law, the State im­per­mis­si­bly in­ter­feres with women’s fun­da­men­tal right of pri­vacy by man­dat­ing an ad­di­tional twenty-four hour wait­ing pe­riod be­fore a woman may ex­er­cise her de­ci­sion,” the court wrote in the 4-2 de­ci­sion.

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