Florida court to hear case challenging abortion law

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida’s First District Court of Appeal is deciding whether an injunction of a state law requiring a woman seeking an abortion to wait at least 24 hours after visiting a clinic to get care should be upheld.

Judges Bradford Thomas, Susan Kelsey and William Stone heard arguments Tuesday from the State Attorney General’s office and ACLU.

A state court barred enforcement of the law in June, a day before it was set to go into effect.

The state wants the injunction reversed because the Informed Patient Consent law allows pregnant women to make an informed decision.

The ACLU argues women have the right to make this decision, adding that state shouldn’t be allowed to demand delay of an abortion once she’s decided.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit last June on behalf of the Gainesville-based women’s health center. Bread and Roses Women’s Health Center and Medical Students for Choice.

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