July 22, 2015
During the 2015 Florida Legislative Session, lawmakers passed HB 633 that provided women 24 hours to reflect before obtaining an abortion.
One day after HB 633 was signed into law by Governor Scott, attorneys for the Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a legal challenge on behalf of Bread and Roses Women's Health Center, a Gainesville abortion clinic, and Medical Students for Choice and requested a temporary injunction of the new law.
In response, Judge Charles Francis of the Second Judicial Circuit granted the injunction, effectively halting implementation of the new law. Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately filed a notice to appeal Judge Francis' ruling, resulting in a stay of the injunction. The notice of appeal allowed the law to go into effect, but only for a day, until the stay on the injunction was lifted by the Second Judicial Circuit Court.
The FCCB will continue to provide updates as the 24-hour reflection period makes its way through the courts and until a final ruling is issued.