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Suncoast Reacts to Ruling on Abortion Wait Law

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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB)--It's a common scene outside of Planned Parenthood every Friday, protesters urging others to support life. 

"I have been doing this for about 25 years and i have seen many, many women make the quick decision and come out crying and broken," said Linda McGlade, a pro-life advocate.

McGlade was disappointed at the recent decision by the Florida Supreme Court--blocking a law requiring a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion.

"It should have just been a cut and dry," said McGlade. "Common sense bill passed and it was passed."

It was a bill that stormed through the House, made it's way through the Senate and was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott in 2015. Now, the highest court in the state has spoken--the 24-hour waiting period is unconstitutional.

"Strikes me as just about as weak as you can get for it," said Rod Thomson, President of the Sarasota Republican Club. "Considering the importance for it."

Thomson said a 24-waiting period is more than reasonable for a life changing choice.

"She's making that choice, we know that it can have psychological, emotional and physical impacts on her down the road."

According to Thomson, 27 other states require that wait.

"They already have it and what we've seen in a lot of those numbers is a percentage of those women choose not to come back and have the abortion," said Thomson.

Regardless of the precedent--pro-choice advocates are calling this is a victory for women, pointing out that politicians have no business interfering with a woman's health care decision.

"this is about the right to privacy."

"under the constitution, we have a very strong right to privacy in this state."

PBarbara Zdravecky is the President of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. She said the law was more than unconstitutional.

"It really is demeaning to ask them to come back after 24-hours particularly for poor and minority women who are working many jobs, don't have transportation."

Susan Nilon is on the board of the ACLU of Florida and a supporter of planned parenthood. She Says there's no medical reason for the wait period.

"They don't actually offer you new information during that 24-hour delay," said Nilon. "Whatever decision you reach the day before, you going to reach the same conclusion unless new information is introduced and they're not offering that."

Despite the ruling, protesters continue to picket in front of Planned Parenthood. Some said the ruling will only push them to pound the pavement.

"For us to be able to reach them, to think about it more, to pray about it more," said Bethany Mistretta of Sidewalk Advocates for Life. "Just to put a plan together in place that we can help them do or get them connected with the resources that can to put the plan into place."