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Judge blocks Florida’s 15-week abortion ban

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Demonstrators protest outside of the U.S. Courthouse in response to leaked draft of the Supreme Court’s opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade, in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

TALLAHASSEE- A Leon County judge has issued a temporary injunction against Florida’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

The ban was set to go into effect on July 1.

Judge John C. Cooper said on Thursday that the ban signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis “violates the privacy provision of the Florida Constitution.”

Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers cited an amendment in the state Constitution that guarantees the right to privacy, and therefore guarantees access to the procedure.

Judge Cooper agreed and blocked the law from being implemented.

The decision comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision which granted constitutional protection to the abortion procedure based on the right to patient privacy.

Florida’s new law bans the abortion procedure after 15 weeks unless the mother’s life is in danger or if the fetus has a fatal condition.

The state of Florida is expected to appeal the decision.