Florida Judge Moves to Block State's 15-Week Abortion Ban


A judge in Florida will sign an order blocking the state’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

Leon County Judge John Cooper is expected to issue a temporary statewide injunction against the law. However, he signaled it likely will not go into effect until July 5 as he still has to draft the order.

Florida officials will also have a chance to review the order before he signs it.

Jacob Murphey, of the CBS News affiliate WCTV, tweeted, “We now enter a turbulent few days.”

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He explained that the law is set to go into effect at midnight on Thursday night, but then the injunction would block it.

However, he pointed out that the state will likely appeal the law, which would possibly lead to a stay being granted and allow the law to go into effect.

The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood sought the injunction as they argued the law, known as House Bill 5, violated Florida’s state Constitution.

The lawsuit was filed on June 1, before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which left it up to the states to decide how to regulate abortion.

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According to Fox10 News, Florida’s Constitution “includes a more robust right to privacy clause than the U.S. Constitution.”

Meanwhile, the state argued that the law protects maternal health.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed HB-5 in April, as IJR reported.

The governor signed the legislation at an event in a church with children standing next to him holding signs that read, “Choose life.”

“We are here today to protect life. We are here to defend those who can’t defend themselves,” he said, adding, “It’s a statement of our values that every life is important.”

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The law does not provide an exception for cases of rape, incest, or human trafficking.

Several other states have seen laws restricting abortions blocked over claims that they violate state constitutions.

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