Court will review Florida’s 24-hour abortion waiting period

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – The Florida Supreme Court is going to decide whether or not the state’s 24-hour waiting period for abortions is unconstitutional.

The court on Thursday announced that it had voted 5-2 to review the legal challenge filed against the law by a Gainesville abortion clinic. Last month, the state Supreme Court blocked the law by the same margin while it considered whether to take up the case.

The waiting period law was passed last year by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the law on behalf of the clinic, saying it violated privacy rights guaranteed by the state constitution. Supporters contend the waiting period requires a woman to have a reflective period before going ahead with an abortion.

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