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Iowa's three-day wait for abortions is legal, judge says


Iowa's three-day wait for abortions is legal, judge says
DesMoinesRegister.com

Iowa's controversial three-day waiting period for abortions has been upheld by a Polk County judge.Judge Jeffrey Farrell ruled Monday against Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, which sued in May to try to block the new law. Farrell ruled that the law, passed last spring, is legal because it does not place an "undue burden" on a woman's right to abortion."The Iowa Act is arguably the strictest mandatory waiting period law in the country, but the only question to the court is whether it complies with the constitutional standard," he wrote. "It does."However, Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union immediately filed a notice that they plan to appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court. The matter will remain on hold while that appeal is considered.

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