Judge blocks new Florida law that delays abortions 24 hours

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New Florida Law Requires Waiting Period For Abortion


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge is blocking a new state law that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion.

Chief Circuit Judge Charles Francis blocked the law Tuesday, one day before it was scheduled to take effect.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit after Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed it into law. They argued that the law violates the right to privacy guaranteed in the state constitution by interfering with the right of women to undergo the procedure.

Francis wrote that state officials had not given any evidence to show why the new law is not a burden on privacy rights. He said it did not matter that other states have a similar law because Florida's right to privacy is broader.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 27: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) speaks to the media as she is joined by local lawmakers and womens health advocates to call for Florida Governor Rick Scotts veto of a recently passed measure that they feel severely restricts access to safe and legal abortions on April 27, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Florida state legislators have passed a measure which requires a woman to wait 24 hours and make two separate trips before she is able to obtain an abortion. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 27: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) (R) is joined by local lawmakers and womens health advocates to call for Florida Governor Rick Scotts veto of a recently passed measure that they feel severely restricts access to safe and legal abortions on April 27, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Florida state legislators have passed a measure which requires a woman to wait 24 hours and make two separate trips before she is able to obtain an abortion. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 27: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) speaks to the media as she is joined by local lawmakers and womens health advocates to call for Florida Governor Rick Scotts veto of a recently passed measure that they feel severely restricts access to safe and legal abortions on April 27, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Florida state legislators have passed a measure which requires a woman to wait 24 hours and make two separate trips before she is able to obtain an abortion. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 27: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) (R) is hugged by former Florida State Senator Nan Rich (D) as local lawmakers and womens health advocates join them to call for Florida Governor Rick Scotts veto of a recently passed measure that they feel severely restricts access to safe and legal abortions on April 27, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Florida state legislators have passed a measure which requires a woman to wait 24 hours and make two separate trips before she is able to obtain an abortion. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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