Americal Civil Liberties Union

Florida's 24-Hour Abortion Waiting Period To Take Effect

Feb 29, 2016

Abortion opponents hailed an appeals court decision Friday that allows the state to begin enforcing a law requiring women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion, while a group suing to overturn the law vowed to keep fighting.

A federal judge heard arguments Wednesday in a case that could affect whether prisoners are counted in drawing voting districts in Florida, an issue that affects voting power particularly in rural areas of the state.

Abortion Wait Period Back On Hold

Jul 6, 2015
Associated Press

In the latest move in a legal and political battle, a circuit judge has issued an order blocking a new law that requires women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion in Florida.

After a hearing by conference call on Thursday, Leon Circuit Judge Charles Dodson granted a motion by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights to vacate a stay that had allowed the 24-hour waiting period to remain in effect.

Associated Press

A federal appeals court has rejected an attempt by Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration to reinstate a law that would require welfare benefits applicants to submit to mandatory drug testing.

A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed last year's ruling by U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven that the law is an unconstitutional search and seizure. Scott's administration wanted the appeals court to overturn that ruling.

A mental health advocacy group filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging the Florida Department of Corrections and its contractors ignored the widespread torture and abuse of mentally ill inmates for years at a Miami prison.

Meanwhile, as the Miami Herald reports, the department has unveiled a new inmate mortality database amid the furor over inmate deaths.