Judge rules to temporarily block Florida’s 15-week abortion ban
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Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper’s verbal opinion will not be binding until he signs the written order.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The video above is from a previous report. 

A Florida judge temporarily blocked the 15-week abortion ban on Thursday afternoon, ruling in favor of the plaintiffs. However, the verbal opinion will not be binding until he signs the written order.

Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper said the written order will not be signed on Thursday. He did not give any further details on when the written order will be signed, putting the temporary injunction in place. 

Florida HB 5, the state law that would ban abortion after 15-weeks, is set to take effect on July 1. Cooper said he finds HB 5 “unconstitutional”, leading to his decision to issue the temporary injunction.

Planned Parenthood filed the lawsuit, along with other clinics, including ‘A Woman’s Choice of Jacksonville’.

Planned Parenthood tweeted the following statement in response to the ruling: 

Leon County Judge Cooper just ruled that Florida’s 15 week abortion ban, is unconstitutional & he will be issuing a temporary injunction. This is not the end — we likely have a long fight ahead of us.

The case was heard just days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and ended federal protections for abortion. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis publicly declared his intentions to further restrict abortion after the decision came down from the Supreme Court. 

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