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Judge blocks new Florida law that delays abortions by a day

Published:Wednesday | July 1, 2015 | 7:00 AM

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP):

A Florida judge is blocking a new state law that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion.

Chief Circuit Judge Charles Francis yesterday blocked the law one day before it was scheduled to take effect.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and the Center for Reproductive Rights sued after Republican Governor Rick Scott signed it into law. They argued that the law violates the right to privacy guaranteed in the state constitution by interfering with the right of women to undergo the procedure.

"We are very pleased that the court saw this law for what it is: an unconstitutional attack on the right of Florida women to make their own choices about their health care, including abortion," ACLU of Florida Legal Director Nancy Abudu said in a written statement.

Florida was scheduled to become the 27th state to have a mandatory waiting period and backers of the measure had predicted the law would withstand a legal challenge.

Abortion was the subject of emotional debate during the legislature's regular session that ended on May 1.