Gainesville Woman Care, LLC v. State of Florida


The ACLU, the ACLU of Florida, and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Florida clinic challenging HB 633, a law that imposes a 24 hour waiting period on a person seeking an abortion and also adds a requirement that a patient make an extra trip to the abortion provider in order to listen to state-mandated information prior to obtaining an abortion.

The Complaint alleges that the forced waiting period and extra trip requriement violate the rights to privacy and equal protection enshrined in the Florida Constitution.

STATUS

On July 1, 2015, a state court issued an injunction blocking the law, which was slated to go into effect on July 1, 2015. On February 26, 2015, a state appeals court overruled the trial court, allowing the law to go into effect.

Plaintiffs appealed that ruling to the state Supreme Court and also requested that the Court stay (or suspend) the ruling. The Supreme Court granted the motion to stay which suspends the law while the Court considers whether or not to hear Plaintiffs’ appeal.

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**last updated April 26, 2016


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