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A Florida Republican has filed a measure prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks.  The proposal is part of a larger trend of so-called fetal pain legislation.

Court Backs Notifying Minors’ Parents Before Abortion

Nov 29, 2016

With one judge pointing to a lack of "sufficient maturity to make this critical decision," a state appeals court Monday rejected a minor's attempt to get an abortion without her parents being notified.

The Florida Supreme Court is preparing to rule on whether to allow a new abortion restriction to take effect.  The measure requires women wait 24 hours after an initial consultation before receiving treatment.

Justices Ponder Decision On Abortion Waiting Period

Nov 2, 2016

In a legal debate that focuses heavily on privacy rights, the Florida Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday about whether it should block a 2015 law that calls for women to wait 24 hours before having abortions.

Judge Issues Permanent Injunction Against Abortion Law

Aug 19, 2016

A federal judge Thursday issued a permanent injunction against a new Florida abortion law that would have led to increased inspections of clinic records and prevented abortion providers from receiving public money for other health services.

Supreme Court Sets Arguments On Abortion Waiting Period

Aug 17, 2016

The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments Nov. 1 in a closely watched case about a 2015 law that would require women to wait 24 hours before having abortions.

Florida's new law that places restrictions on abortion clinics is going to remain blocked for now.

Florida Renews Defense of Abortion Restrictions

Jul 20, 2016

Nearly three weeks after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against new abortion restrictions, Attorney General Pam Bondi's office on Monday filed a document disputing Planned Parenthood's arguments that the restrictions are unconstitutional.

A federal judge has blocked parts of a controversial Florida abortion law.  U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle, issued a 25-page ruling right before the law was set to go into effect.

With the U.S. Supreme Court striking down Texas abortion restrictions, attention is turning to Florida where a similar measure is set to take effect Friday.  The law’s backers are confident their legislation will survive a court challenge of its own. 

AHCA Ordered To Pay Legal Fees To Planned Parenthood

Jun 27, 2016

An administrative law judge on Friday ordered the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration to pay attorney's fees to Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, Inc., in a legal tussle over abortion.

At issue in the case is a form known as the Induced Termination of Pregnancy, or ITOP, which the state contended showed three clinics had "self-reported" having performed second-trimester abortions they were not licensed to perform.

State Asks Judge To Let Abortion Law Take Effect

Jun 21, 2016

Attorney General Pam Bondi's office on Monday asked a federal judge to reject Planned Parenthood's attempt to block parts of a controversial new abortion law, saying the organization offers "nothing to establish that the challenged legislation would negatively affect women seeking abortions."

Judge To Hear Arguments In Abortion Law Challenge

Jun 15, 2016

A Tallahassee federal judge will hear arguments June 29 on a request from Planned Parenthood to block parts of a major abortion law approved this year by Gov. Rick Scott and Florida lawmakers.

Supreme Court Urged To Block Abortion Waiting Period

May 27, 2016

Focusing heavily on a right to privacy, abortion-rights advocates have filed an initial brief urging the Florida Supreme Court to block a 2015 law that seeks to require women to wait 24 hours before having abortions.

Florida authorities say cleaning supplies with improperly secured caps were the culprit behind an evacuation at a Florida Planned Parenthood clinic Monday.

When Zika Hits, A Push For Birth Control And Abortion?

May 12, 2016

There's little doubt: Zika is coming to the continental United States, bringing frightening birth defects — and, most likely, newly urgent discussions about abortion and contraception.

The Florida Supreme Court is going to decide whether or not the state's 24-hour waiting period for abortions is unconstitutional.


Supreme Court Blocks Abortion Law

Apr 25, 2016

A divided Florida Supreme Court temporarily blocked a state requirement that women wait 24 hours before receiving an abortion, cheering abortion rights supporters and drawing new complaints of judicial activism from the law's backers.

Feds Say New Abortion Law Can’t Block Clinic Funding

Apr 20, 2016

A key federal health agency on Tuesday notified Florida and other states that they may not ban Medicaid funding for family-planning services at clinics that also offer elective abortions.

Abortion Clinic To Pay $3K In State Settlement

Apr 19, 2016

Though continuing to dispute the allegations, a Broward County abortion clinic has agreed to pay $3,000 as part of a settlement with the state in a case about whether the clinic performed second-trimester abortions without a proper license, according to documents filed this week in the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings.

State Urges Justices To Reject Abortion Case Appeal

Apr 6, 2016

Attorney General Pam Bondi's office is urging the Florida Supreme Court to turn down an appeal in a legal battle over a 2015 law that requires women to wait 24 hours before having abortions.

A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal in February overturned a temporary injunction that had blocked the law from taking effect.

State Drops Cases Against Planned Parenthood Clinics

Mar 29, 2016

Citing a new abortion law signed by Gov. Rick Scott, the state Agency for Health Care Administration has dismissed cases alleging that three Planned Parenthood clinics performed second-trimester abortions without proper licenses.

Scott Signs Bill Tightening Restrictions On Abortion Clinics

Mar 28, 2016

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday approved a sweeping measure that will tighten restrictions on Florida abortion clinics to the point that some say they will be forced to close.

Appeals Court Rejects Stay In Abortion Case

Mar 15, 2016

An appeals court Monday denied an emergency motion in a legal battle over a law requiring women to wait 24 hours before having abortions in Florida.

Lawmakers Sign Off On Controversial Abortion Bill

Mar 10, 2016

In the latest round in Florida's abortion battles, lawmakers Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that would increase clinic regulations and bar public funding for organizations associated with abortion clinics.

Even with the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Wednesday could mark a potential turning point for the Supreme Court on the subject of abortion. At issue is whether a new Texas law imposes restrictions that unconstitutionally limit a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy.

Last June, a federal appeals court upheld the law. If the Supreme Court agrees, it would mean a dramatic cutback on abortion rights across the country, and potentially a steppingstone toward the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

Abortion opponents hailed an appeals court decision Friday that allows the state to begin enforcing a law requiring women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion, while a group suing to overturn the law vowed to keep fighting.

Florida women seeking an abortion will now have to wait 24 hours and make a separate trip to their physician.  This comes after an appeals court overturned a ruling putting the law on hold.

Abortion Clinics Face Licensure Loss After Doctor's Arrest

Feb 19, 2016

Four Florida abortion clinics --- two in Orlando and one each in Ocala and Fort Lauderdale --- face the potential loss of their licenses following the arrest of a physician the state says has an "ownership interest" in them.

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration filed administrative complaints last month against EPOC Clinic LLC in Orlando, Orlando Women's Center LLC, Ocala Women's Center LLC and Fort Lauderdale Women's Center LLC.

Senate Panel Passes Sweeping Bill Tightening Abortion-Clinic Regulations

Feb 18, 2016

A sweeping bill that would tighten regulations on abortion clinics passed a Senate panel Wednesday on a 5-3 vote along party lines.

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