Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Challenge To Florida Abortion Waiting Period Law Remains In Play

In State of Florida v. Gainesville Woman Care, LLC, (FL App., Aug. 1, 2019), a Florida state appellate court refused to grant summary judgment in a facial challenge to Florida's 24-hour waiting period for abortions. Even though Florida's Supreme Court upheld a temporary injunction against the law's enforcement, the appeals court, in a 2-1 decision, concluded:
Since the temporary injunction phase of this case ... the State has built a case that raises genuine issues of material fact. Among the remaining unresolved issues is the parties’ dispute about the informed consent medical standard of care.
Judge Wolf dissented, saying in part:
Uniquely treating abortions differently from other medical procedures and failing to present evidence that the statute is the least restrictive means to accomplish the purported goals of section 390.0111(3) renders the law unconstitutional. Discouraging people from exercising a constitutionally protected right does not constitute a compelling state interest.
Miami Herald reports on the decision.