Florida Waiting Period

In its commitment to the sanctity of all human life, the National Center for Life and Liberty recently filed an amicus brief with the Florida Supreme Court, defending a Florida law that requires a 24-hour waiting period before any abortion.

The case—Gainesville Woman Care v. State of Florida—challenges a Florida law known as the Informed Patient Consent Act, passed in 2015. The bill, HB 633, was sponsored by Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, the youngest female member ever elected to the Florida House of Representatives and the voice of an increasing majority of younger women who favor limiting abortions.

The abortion lobby argues that the 24-hour waiting period required by the law should be struck down, reasoning that Florida law places greater restrictions on abortion than federal law. The ACLU states on its website: "This mandatory delay . . . is an assault on the health and judgment of all women in Florida."

Clearly, the NCLL believes that the rights of a living human being trump the misguided judgments of any mother who would acquiesce to a brutal procedure to take her own child’s life, and we will continue to fight with every available resource God has entrusted to us to defend thoughtful laws like Florida’s Informed Patient Consent.

The NCLL’s amicus brief was filed on behalf of Concerned Women for America and the National Legal Foundation and asserts that Florida law favors childbirth and tolerates abortion only as required by the US Supreme Court and that Florida law has always considered an unborn child to be a person. As NCLL president David Gibbs III noted:

Abortion always takes the life of an innocent human being, and the procedure itself can have enormous mental and physical consequences for the mother. A 24-hour waiting period is a reasonable restriction on abortion, not only to protect the unborn unique person in the womb but also to give the mother time to consider her decision without undue pressure from the abortion providers.

As always, we covet your prayers and support as we advocate on behalf of those who have no voice of their own.