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Florida abortion waiting period law temporarily blocked

Gov. Rick Scott signed the waiting period into law in 2015 and it was quickly blocked by a lower court after the ACLU sued. But an appeals court lifted the injunction a year ago and the law was in effect until the Supreme Court temporarily blocked it two months later. [ SCOTT KEELER | Times]

Gov. Rick Scott signed the waiting period into law in 2015 and it was quickly blocked by a lower court after the ACLU sued. But an appeals court lifted the injunction a year ago and the law was in effect until the Supreme Court temporarily blocked it two months later. [ SCOTT KEELER | Times]

TALLAHASSEE — A state Supreme Court order blocking enforcement of Florida's 24-hour abortion waiting period will remain in place while a lower court determines whether the law is constitutional.

The Florida Supreme Court issued its ruling Thursday, leaving in place its order from 10 months ago.

The court said there's a strong likelihood that a lower court will determine the law is unconstitutional and the state provided no evidence that the law addresses a compelling state interest.

Gov. Rick Scott signed the waiting period into law in 2015 and it was quickly blocked by a lower court after the ACLU sued. But an appeals court lifted the injunction a year ago and the law was in effect until the Supreme Court temporarily blocked it two months later.

Florida abortion waiting period law temporarily blocked 02/16/17 [Last modified: Thursday, February 16, 2017 1:42pm]
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