Abortion

State Urges Judge To Reject Abortion Law Challenge

Jan 20, 2017
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With a federal judge poised to hear arguments, the state has fired back at a lawsuit that seeks to block part of a controversial abortion law approved last year by the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott.

The abortion rate in the United States fell to its lowest level since the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalized abortion nationwide, a new report finds.

The report by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports legalized abortion, puts the rate at 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age (ages 15-44) in 2014. That's the lowest recorded rate since the Roe decision in 1973. The abortion rate has been declining for decades — down from a peak of 29.3 in 1980 and 1981.

A Florida Republican has filed a measure prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks.  The proposal is part of a larger trend of so-called fetal pain legislation.

ACLU of Florida Challenges Abortion Law

Dec 14, 2016
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Citing First Amendment and privacy rights, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has filed a federal lawsuit challenging part of a sweeping abortion law that has already had other provisions blocked by a judge.

It's a policy battle that has been playing out over three decades.

In 1984, then-President Ronald Reagan imposed an anti-abortion rule — known as the "Mexico City policy" after the city where he announced it. The rule blocked federal funding for international family planning charities unless they agreed not to "promote" abortion by, among other actions, providing patients with information about the procedure or referrals to providers who perform it.

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Court Backs Notifying Minors’ Parents Before Abortion

Nov 29, 2016

With one judge pointing to a lack of "sufficient maturity to make this critical decision," a state appeals court Monday rejected a minor's attempt to get an abortion without her parents being notified.

The Florida Supreme Court is preparing to rule on whether to allow a new abortion restriction to take effect.  The measure requires women wait 24 hours after an initial consultation before receiving treatment.

Justices Ponder Decision On Abortion Waiting Period

Nov 1, 2016
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In a legal debate that focuses heavily on privacy rights, the Florida Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday about whether it should block a 2015 law that calls for women to wait 24 hours before having abortions.

Members of a national anti-abortion organization called Created Equal are barnstorming battleground states in the final days of the election. It made a stop in downtown Jacksonville Monday.


Lawyers for a Kissimmee Planned Parenthood facility generated sharp exchanges Wednesday as they tried to convince the Florida Supreme Court to lift a “temporary” injunction against abortions.

Judge Issues Permanent Injunction Against Abortion Law

Aug 19, 2016
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A federal judge Thursday issued a permanent injunction against a new Florida abortion law that would have led to increased inspections of clinic records and prevented abortion providers from receiving public money for other health services.

Supreme Court Sets Arguments On Abortion Waiting Period

Aug 17, 2016

The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments Nov. 1 in a closely watched case about a 2015 law that would require women to wait 24 hours before having abortions.

State Says Abortion Waiting Period Doesn’t Infringe On Rights

Jul 21, 2016
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Trying to move forward with a requirement that women wait 24 hours before having abortions, Attorney General Pam Bondi's office has filed a brief at the Florida Supreme Court saying such a waiting period "does not significantly burden the right to privacy."

The brief is part of a more than year-long legal dispute about a 2015 law that would require 24-hour waiting periods.

A Leon County circuit judge last year approved an injunction that blocked the state from carrying out the law, but the 1st District Court of Appeal in February overturned that ruling.

Florida Renews Defense of Abortion Restrictions

Jul 20, 2016

Nearly three weeks after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against new abortion restrictions, Attorney General Pam Bondi's office on Monday filed a document disputing Planned Parenthood's arguments that the restrictions are unconstitutional.

Delegates at the Republican convention in Cleveland have approved the strongest anti-abortion platform in the party's history. But groups that oppose abortion — groups that lobbied for the strong language — are far from unified.

In fact, following last month's Supreme Court decision reaffirming a woman's right to abortion, leaders of a movement known for speaking largely with one voice are showing some surprising disagreement.

A measure placing new restrictions on abortion providers takes effect Friday unless a federal judge intervenes.  Planned Parenthood is calling on the court to block the measure. 

With the U.S. Supreme Court striking down Texas abortion restrictions, attention is turning to Florida where a similar measure is set to take effect Friday.  The law’s backers are confident their legislation will survive a court challenge of its own. 

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A new study finds that requests for abortion pills spiked dramatically this year in Brazil, Ecuador and some other Latin American countries that have had outbreaks of Zika virus, which has been shown to cause severe birth defects.

State Asks Judge To Let Abortion Law Take Effect

Jun 21, 2016

Attorney General Pam Bondi's office on Monday asked a federal judge to reject Planned Parenthood's attempt to block parts of a controversial new abortion law, saying the organization offers "nothing to establish that the challenged legislation would negatively affect women seeking abortions."

Two groups are throwing their weight behind a Gainesville clinic challenging a state-mandated abortion waiting period.

Supreme Court Urged To Block Abortion Waiting Period

May 27, 2016

Focusing heavily on a right to privacy, abortion-rights advocates have filed an initial brief urging the Florida Supreme Court to block a 2015 law that seeks to require women to wait 24 hours before having abortions.

When Zika Hits, A Push For Birth Control And Abortion?

May 12, 2016
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There's little doubt: Zika is coming to the continental United States, bringing frightening birth defects — and, most likely, newly urgent discussions about abortion and contraception.

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The Florida Supreme Court is going to decide whether or not the state's 24-hour waiting period for abortions is unconstitutional.

Judge Rejects State Claim Against Abortion Clinic

Apr 29, 2016
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TALLAHASSEE --  An administrative law judge Thursday rejected a state agency's arguments that a Gainesville abortion clinic should be fined for performing second-trimester abortions without a proper license.

Supreme Court Blocks Abortion Law

Apr 25, 2016

A divided Florida Supreme Court temporarily blocked a state requirement that women wait 24 hours before receiving an abortion, cheering abortion rights supporters and drawing new complaints of judicial activism from the law's backers.

Abortion Clinic To Pay $3K In State Settlement

Apr 19, 2016

Though continuing to dispute the allegations, a Broward County abortion clinic has agreed to pay $3,000 as part of a settlement with the state in a case about whether the clinic performed second-trimester abortions without a proper license, according to documents filed this week in the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings.

Planned Parenthood Shooter Admired FL Killer

Apr 12, 2016
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The man who acknowledges killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic idolized an abortion foe who killed a Florida doctor more than two decades earlier, newly released court documents show.

Feds Could Block State Ban On Planned Parenthood Money

Apr 4, 2016

A new Florida abortion law seeks to ban Medicaid funding for family-planning services at clinics that also offer elective abortions --- such as clinics run by Planned Parenthood --- but the federal government appears unlikely to allow that part of the law to take effect.

State Drops Cases Against Planned Parenthood Clinics

Mar 29, 2016

Citing a new abortion law signed by Gov. Rick Scott, the state Agency for Health Care Administration has dismissed cases alleging that three Planned Parenthood clinics performed second-trimester abortions without proper licenses.

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