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FL Supremes Put Abortion Waiting Period Back On Hold

Nick Evans

The Florida Supreme Court has decided to put the state’s 24 hour abortion waiting period back on hold.  The law won’t take effect until the high court decides how it will proceed.

Under a provision signed into law in 2015, women seeking abortions in Florida must wait 24 hours between an initial consultation and having the procedure.  The American Civil Liberties Union launched a legal challenge almost immediately, arguing the waiting period violates Florida’s constitutional privacy provisions. A trial court agreed, blocking the law from taking effect, but the First District Court of Appeal invalidated that ruling.  Now the state Supreme Court has put the measure back on hold.  In a five-two vote the justices suspended the law until they decide if they’ll take up the case.

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.