A pro-life Florida law that requires women to wait 24 hours before an abortion will go into effect this week, despite abortion activists’ attempts to block it.
ABC News reports the 1st District Court of Appeals ordered Friday that the law take effect, overturning a block put in place by a circuit court judge. The three-judge panel said circuit court Judge Charles Francis did not have enough facts or evidence when he blocked the law just one day before it was supposed to take effect, the report states.
The law received wide support in the legislature when it passed in 2015. However, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Florida, and Richard Johnson of Tallahassee quickly challenged the measure in June 2015 on behalf of Bread and Roses Women’s Health Center, an abortion business, LifeNews reported.
The law makes Florida the 27th state to require that women pause to reflect at least 24 hours before getting an abortion.
When they adopted the legislation, members of the Florida legislature pointed out how similar laws in other states have stopped abortions.
“This is not a procedure — it is a life,” said State Rep. Jimmie Smith. Referring to the bill’s author, freshman Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, Smith added, “Representative Sullivan, the greatest consequence of your bill is a beautiful baby.”
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“I am here today as an advocate for those women who are being pressured,” Rep. Sullivan said, according to Margie Menzel of the News Service of Florida.
Elected at age 23, Sullivan said she has witnessed pressure placed upon women by their loved ones — especially a spouse or a boyfriend — to make a hasty decision about having abortions.
“I care about the women who have sat in my office,” she said. “I care about the women who have cried in committee.”
A 2014 Rasmussen poll found that Americans favor mandatory waiting periods for women before they have abortions.