Judge Sets Hearing On Abortion Waiting Period

Aug 22, 2017

A Leon County circuit judge will hear arguments in November about the constitutionality of a 2015 state law that would require women to wait 24 hours before having abortions.

Judge Terry Lewis is scheduled to hold a hearing Nov. 21 in the lawsuit filed by abortion-rights supporters, according to a notice filed last week. Lewis held a hearing in July but agreed to allow more time before deciding on the abortion rights' supporters motion for summary judgment.

The Florida Supreme Court this year approved a temporary injunction blocking the law from taking effect. The plaintiffs argue the law is an unconstitutional violation of the right to privacy, while the law's supporters say it would give women more time to consider whether they want to have abortions.

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