TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy will remain in effect pending a state Supreme Court hearing.
On Monday night, the court said it would hear the case, which has been part of a legal battle since the law took effect last July.
The law prohibits abortions after 15 weeks, unless the procedure is necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman, prevent serious injury, or if the fetus has a fatal abnormality. It does not allow exceptions in cases of rape, incest or human trafficking.
Violators face up to five years in prison. Doctors and other health professionals can lose their licenses and face administrative fines of up to $10,000 for each violation.