The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Florida, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Richard Johnson of Tallahassee, filed suit to challenge a law that would interfere with a woman’s right to have an abortion in Florida.

The law being challenged, HB633, prevents a woman seeking an abortion from obtaining the procedure for at least 24 hours after meeting with her doctor and forces her to make an additional, medically unnecessary trip to the clinic.  Rather than improve the counseling a woman receives, it only delays a woman from receiving care. 

This mandatory delay and additional trip requirement is an assault on the health and judgment of all women in Florida, but it will have particularly harsh consequences for low-income women — many of whom will be forced to miss work, lose wages, and pay for additional travel and child care as a result of this new law.

Florida women are fully capable of making decisions about their health and their families, and Florida’s explicit constitutional right to privacy does not tolerate this type of unfounded interference by politicians.

Latest Update (1/9/18): In a victory for abortion access, a Florida court today permanently blocked a law that would prevent a woman who has decided to have an abortion from obtaining the procedure for at least 24 hours after meeting with her doctor and force her to make an additional, medically unnecessary trip to the clinic.

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