Florida abortion waiting period ruled unconstitutional

Posted at 5:20 PM, Jan 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-10 13:19:23-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee judge ruled Tuesday that Florida's waiting period on abortions is unconstitutional.

Governor Rick Scott signed the waiting period into law in 2015. The law required women to make two different appointments with their physicians at least 24 hours apart to have an abortion.

The thought was that the wait would help women make more informed decisions, but instead, it caused more stress and forced women into uncomfortable situations.

For these women, making the two appointments meant having to take extra time off of work, and rearranging their schedule. But this 24 hour waiting period was a violation of privacy within the state.

Last year, the Florida Supreme Court temporarily blocked the law from taking place but Tuesday's ruling blocked it permanently.