Wasserman Schultz Statement on Florida 24-Hour Waiting Period for Abortions

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Washington, DC, April 22, 2016 | comments
People have the right to make their own health care decisions. The Florida's Supreme Court's decision to halt the demeaning state law to force women in our state to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion restores the rights of women to make important health care decisions and is an important step towards women's health care equality. The injunction puts a hold on Governor Rick Scott and Republican lawmakers' insulting presumption that women don't think long and hard before making a decision to terminate a pregnancy. Florida's women should not have to rely on the legal system to ensure their right to have access to a safe and legal medical procedure. Governor Rick Scott and Florida lawmakers supporting this intrusive law should get the message: these so-called "women's health care" laws are unnecessary, intrusive, and unconstitutional.
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Wasserman Schultz Statement on Florida 24-Hour Waiting Period for Abortions

Pembroke Pines, FL – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement after the Florida Supreme Court halted a Florida state law that requires women to visit a doctor 24 hours before an abortion:

“People have the right to make their own health care decisions. The Florida’s Supreme Court’s decision to halt the demeaning state law to force women in our state to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion restores the rights of women to make important health care decisions and is an important step towards women’s health care equality. The injunction puts a hold on Governor Rick Scott and Republican lawmakers’ insulting presumption that women don’t think long and hard before making a decision to terminate a pregnancy. Florida’s women should not have to rely on the legal system to ensure their right to have access to a safe and legal medical procedure. Governor Rick Scott and Florida lawmakers supporting this intrusive law should get the message: these so-called “women’s health care” laws are unnecessary, intrusive, and unconstitutional.”

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Contact:

Geoff Burgan, Geoff.Burgan@mail.house.gov, 202.225.7931

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