WHAT: The Second Judicial Circuit Court in Leon County, Florida will hear testimony and arguments on the plaintiffs’ request for a temporary injunction in Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida v. Florida — a case challenging Florida’s House Bill 5 (HB 5), a ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. It is anticipated that the judge will issue a ruling on whether to block the law prior to July 1, when the law is scheduled to take effect.
WHEN: Monday, June 27; beginning at 9 a.m. ET
WHERE: Hearing will take place in-person at the Leon County courthouse at 301 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, Fl 32301.
WHO: The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Florida, Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the law firm Jenner & Block filed this lawsuit on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida; Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida; Gainesville Woman Care; Indian Rocks Woman’s Center; St. Petersburg Woman’s Health Center; Tampa Woman’s Health Center; and A Woman’s Choice of Jacksonville.
DETAILS: HB 5, which was passed earlier this year, would ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy and threaten doctors with jail time for providing essential care. The ban is blatantly unconstitutional under the state constitution. In 1980, Florida voters amended the state constitution to provide broad protections for individual privacy rights — including abortion. And in 2012, voters overwhelmingly rejected Amendment 6 that would have taken those protections away. These protections will remain in place regardless of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on federal abortion rights in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
Read the full legal complaint here.
Read an overview of the case here.