Judge blocks Florida’s 15-week abortion law

A circuit judge has blocked a Florida law that would have banned abortions after 15 weeks.

Florida 2nd Circuit Court Judge John Cooper struck down the law before it could take effect, saying it violates the state’s constitution.

“The Florida Supreme Court has determined Florida’s privacy’s provision is clearly implicated in a woman’s decision in whether or not to continue her pregnancy,” Cooper said.

Whitney White, a staff attorney for the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, who helped the plaintiffs in challenging the law, praised the court’s ruling.

“We’re glad the court recognized Florida’s abortion ban is a cruel attack on people’s health, futures, and state constitutional rights,” White said. “This ban defies the will of the people and rights that Floridians have relied on for decades. Everyone deserves the ability to access the abortion care they need and we’ll continue fighting for that right with every tool at our disposal.”

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