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Florida court rules abortion consent law unconstitutional

[JURIST] A Florida appeals court has ruled that the state's informed-consent abortion statute is unconstitutional. The Florida 4th District Court of Appeal said that "as a matter of law, the [Women's Right to Know Act] is unconstitutional because, on its face, it imposes significant obstacles and burdens upon the pregnant woman which improperly intrude upon the exercise of her choice between abortion and childbirth." The Act, which would have required doctors to give patients specific information about abortion risks and alternatives, was subject to a 1997 injunction that prevented the state from ever enforcing the law. Read the court's opinion [PDF] and more from AP.

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