ACLU Asks Florida Supreme Court to Keep Mandatory Abortion Delay Law on Hold

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May 25, 2016 5:00 pm

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Florida, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Tallahassee attorney Richard E. Johnson filed a brief today asking the Florida Supreme Court to continue to block a law that prevents a woman from getting an abortion for at least 24 hours after visiting her doctor.

“The mandatory delay law doesn’t provide a woman seeking an abortion with any new information — it only subjects her to greater burdens and stigma,” said Julia Kaye, staff attorney with the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project. “The state’s suggestion that a woman seeking an abortion, unlike any other patient, is unable to decide for herself when she is ready to make an informed decision about her medical care is insulting. We are hopeful that the Florida Supreme Court will agree that this unconstitutional law should not be allowed to take effect while this case moves forward.”

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