Since his campaign trail in the 2016 election, Donald Trump has served as a beacon of hope for some, and a catalyst of fear for others.
Amongst his long list of campaign promises, Trump assured what many found to be one of his most controversial goals: defunding Planned Parenthood and any organization that provides abortion services – a defeat for pro-choice supporters.
Florida, however, has taken a different approach to the question of abortion. On Feb. 16, 2017, in the case of Gainesville Woman Care, LLC v. State of Florida, the Florida Supreme Court blocked a state law requiring a 24-hour waiting period before a woman gets an abortion.
In the 4-2 ruling, the court held that the temporary injunction blocking this law from being exercised shall remain in place.
The American Civil Liberties Union called the ruling a “win for Florida women.” The decision came in the midst of protests and advocacy for women’s rights – serving as a highly praised win by several groups.
“This law had one purpose: to limit a woman’s access to her constitutionally guaranteed medical care,” said Nancy Abudu, legal director for the ACLU of Florida.
Attorneys for the ACLU argued before the Florida Supreme Court that the law is especially detrimental to low income women who are forced to take time off work and pay for travel and health expenses.
“This decision is a wake-up call to Florida politicians to stop passing laws that do nothing but insult and burden a woman seeking abortion care,” said Julia Kaye, staff attorney with the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project, who argued the case before the Florida Supreme Court.
But while many saw the ruling as necessary in confirming this constitutional right for women, many legislators are still highly opposed – currently lobbying the pro-life House Bill 19, which allows women to sue their doctor 10 years after an abortion if they feel injured or personally distraught
Pro-choice activists see these pieces of legislations as examples of lawmakers attempting to abridge a woman’s right to her own body, health, and privacy – not trusting them enough to make their own choices.
With the gamut of existing disparities between pro-choice and pro-life groups, abortion is a constantly resurfacing issue as differing ideologies deem the act as either a crime or a fundamental right. As both sides repeatedly clash, the topic is one that may not reach a consensus anytime soon.
By Valeria Bula