Florida Supreme Court agrees to hear case challenging the state’s 15-week abortion ban law, which was implemented last year after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade.
The case the state Supreme Court agreed to hear this week was filed by Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, and other abortion providers in the state, who argued that the Florida Constitution protects the right to have an abortion. The ACLU issued a statement after the court decided to hear the challenge.
“HB 5 is a clear violation of Floridians’ dignity and bodily autonomy, endangering their families, their health, and their lives,” the ACLU said. “Since the law went into effect on July 1, it has forced countless people in need of essential abortion services to either travel long distances out of state to attempt to access care or to carry pregnancies against their will, subjecting them to the life-altering — and sometimes life-threatening — consequences of pregnancy.”
While the court will hear the challenge, it did not grant a temporary block of the abortion law during the hearings. “While we are pleased that the court didn’t shut its doors completely, we are dismayed that it has allowed this dangerous ban to remain in effect and to harm real people each and every day until this case is finally decided,” said Whitney White, an ACLU attorney.
The ACLU is currently involved in lawsuits challenging restrictive abortion laws across the country after several Republican states enacted so-called trigger laws that went into effect immediately after the Supreme Court overturned Roe.
ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK
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