A judge on Tuesday blocked a new state law that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and the Center for Reproductive Rights had sued, arguing that the law violates the right to privacy guaranteed in the State Constitution. Florida was scheduled to become the 27th state to have a mandatory waiting period, and backers of the measure had predicted the law would withstand a legal challenge. They said it would create a reflective period that they hoped would change some women’s minds before they ended their pregnancies. Democrats complained the bill was simply an effort to infringe on women’s rights. Judge Charles Francis, chief judge for the north Florida circuit that includes the state capital and an appointee of former Gov. Jeb Bush, wrote that state officials did not demonstrate why the new law is not a burden on privacy rights. He also stated that it did not matter that other states have similar laws since Florida’s right of privacy is broader.

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