TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBSMiami/AP) — Under a new Florida law, starting July, it will be mandatory for women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion.READ MORE: Survey: Working From Home Yields Positive Effect On Finances, Time With Family, More Sleep
The bill was signed Wednesday by Republican Gov. Rick Scott–along with more than 50 other pieces of legislation.
Republican lawmakers who supported the bill said they hope the reflective period will help some women decide not to terminate their pregnancies.READ MORE: Florida’s Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday Expanded To 10 Days, Starts July 31
The law goes into effect July 1.
The law does provide exceptions for victims of incest, rape, domestic abuse or human trafficking.
Opponents have said women have already thought carefully about their decision before obtaining an abortion and the waiting period will only add an extra burden on an already emotional procedure.MORE NEWS: Could College Athletes Profit from Adult Entertainment?