Judge Blocks New Florida Law That Delays Abortions 1 Day

A Florida judge on Tuesday blocked a new state law that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion, but state officials quickly appealed the decision.

Judge Charles Francis ruled one day before the waiting period was scheduled to take effect. Francis is chief judge for the north Florida circuit that includes the state capital.

Attorney General Pam Bondi appealed the decision, which under court procedures stayed the ruling. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida said it intended to ask Francis to reinstate his injunction on Tuesday evening.

The ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights sued after Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed the waiting period into law earlier this month. The groups argued that the law violates the right to privacy guaranteed in the state constitution by interfering with the right of women to undergo the procedure.