(Reuters) – Florida’s ban on abortions previous 15 weeks of being pregnant is now in effect after a court docket order blocking its enforcement on Tuesday was robotically placed on maintain.
Circuit Court Judge John Cooper stated final week that he would grant the request of state abortion suppliers to quickly block enforcement of the ban, which first took effect on Friday.
Cooper filed his injunction order on Tuesday, and the Republican-led state appealed virtually instantly. Under state legislation, the enchantment triggered an computerized freeze of the choose’s injunction, permitting the ban to take effect.
The plaintiffs plan to hunt reinstatement of the injunction.
“The trial court docket appropriately acknowledged this legislation as a blatant violation of Floridians’ state constitutional rights, and we’re decided to get it blocked for good,” representatives for the plaintiffs, together with the ACLU of Florida and the Center for Reproductive Rights, stated in a assertion.
Neighboring states have strict abortion limits. Florida has lengthy been a vacation spot for girls throughout the Southeast in search of to finish pregnancies of their second trimester. Previously, Florida permitted abortion as much as 24 weeks.
Florida’s new legislation makes exceptions to the 15-week rule solely in instances during which the mom is liable to loss of life or everlasting damage, or the fetus has a deadly abnormality. No exceptions for rape or incest are included.
The authorized battle in Florida is the newest in a rush of litigation by abortion rights teams in search of to protect abortion entry after the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic choice on June 24 to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that established the fitting to have an abortion below the U.S. Constitution.
The ruling gave states permission to ban abortion and practically two dozen Republican-led states at the moment are attempting to take action, or have achieved so already.
A Mississippi choose on Tuesday heard arguments from the state’s solely abortion clinic in its case to dam enforcement of that state’s set off ban, which was designed to ban abortions as soon as the Supreme Court overturned Roe. The ban is due to enter effect this week.
(Reporting by Gabriella Borter; enhancing by Donna Bryson and Bill Berkrot)