Judge upholds Florida's 24-hour wait period for abortion

Exceptions made for documented cases of rape or incest, victims of domestic violence
Posted at 7:08 AM, Apr 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-13 08:15:16-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Women will have to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion under a ruling by a Florida judge in a nearly seven-year battle over the waiting period.

Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey in Tallahassee tossed out a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Gainesville women's clinic, saying other medical procedures have a similar waiting period and other important decisions like getting married, getting divorced and buying a gun have longer waiting periods.

The waiting period goes into effect once Dempsey signs one additional piece of paperwork.

Dempsey also added that exceptions for the life of a mother, documented cases of rape and incest, and victims of domestic violence and human traffic support the constitutionality of the law.

The state Supreme Court quickly put the injunction back in place while the case continued.