A Leon County circuit judge has ordered the plaintiffs in a battle over the state’s 24-hour abortion waiting period to pay more than $71,000 in costs stemming from the case.
Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey issued an order Monday that requires Gainesville Woman Care LLC and Medical Students for Choice to pay $71,141.
The state in May requested that the plaintiffs cover costs of an expert witness and court reporters after Dempsey in April upheld the constitutionality of a 2015 law that requires women to wait 24 hours before having abortions.
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Initially, the request totaled $102,891, including $71,750 for Priscilla Coleman, an expert witness for the state. The plaintiffs did not object to paying the costs of court reporters but fought paying all but $2,000 of Coleman’s costs.
The two sides ultimately reached a settlement that led to Dempsey’s order Monday. But the order said the plaintiffs continued to dispute that they should pay Coleman’s fees and could appeal.