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Judge: No injunction for Iowa abortion waiting period

Judge: No injunction for Iowa abortion waiting period”

"This ruling means that dozens of women today are able to access the care they need", Suzanna de Baca, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's CEO, said in a statement.

The legislation Gov. Terry Branstad (R) signed into law Friday bans most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

"We have women who are scheduled to be at the clinic tomorrow", Clapman said.

According to the lawsuit, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland provided over 2,100 medication abortions and over 1,200 surgical abortions in Iowa in the past year.

Fowler declined to comment further, but on Thursday the ACLU said Iowa lawmakers and Branstad were putting politics ahead of women's health.

"I think this is something that a lot of Iowans have been looking for for a long time", Branstad said.

In Tennessee, a bill similar to the Iowa measure was sent to the desk of that state's Republican governor on Wednesday to possibly be signed into law. A signing ceremony is slated for 8:30 a.m., at the state Capitol building.

In arguing for the temporary injunction, Planned Parenthood attorney Alice Clapman said 44 women who had appointments at Iowa clinics would be adversely affected by the new law's mandatory three-day waiting period, and one woman already had to delay a two-hour medical procedure Thursday because of uncertainty over the law that would take effect upon the governor's signature. The law requires that abortion facilities give women 72 hours between receiving informed consent information and having the abortion.

Baca said she's hopeful the court will ultimately agree that the safe, legal abortion is a protected right guaranteed by the Iowa Constitution.

Senate File 471 additionally bans all abortions starting at 20 weeks with no exceptions for rape, incest, or fatal fetal conditions.

"Victory", Rita Bettis, legal director of the ACLU of Iowa, declared in an email Friday morning after the justices granted the emergency request.

According to the petition, the new law is one of the strictest requirements in the nation on women seeking an abortion.

The voter identification bill signed by Branstad will require voters to show ID at the polls, a measure that Secretary of State Paul Pate said will be in effect for the 2018 Iowa gubernatorial election thanks to a "soft rollout" of the law.



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