Judge allows Iowa abortion waiting period to go into effect

Fifty-nine percent of women who seek abortions are mothers who have decided that they can not parent another child, and 66 percent plan to have children when they are older, Planned Parenthood says. "I'm looking forward to signing the bill and I'm very hopeful that it will be upheld by the courts".

Attorneys for the abortion groups said they plan to appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court.

He said the measure, Senate File 471, would protect the unborn by banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and empower women to make informed decisions by requiring ultrasounds of an unborn child and a 72-hour waiting period for abortions at any stage of pregnancy.

A judge has scheduled a hearing this (Thursday) afternoon in Polk County District Court to hear the legal arguments for an emergency court order that would block the three-day waiting period from going into immediate effect.

The injunction enabled 44 women who were scheduled for abortions on Friday to keep their appointments.

However, under previous Iowa law and Planned Parenthood practices, ultrasounds and necessary information are provided to women just prior to an abortion, Meadows says.

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However, Branstad on Thursday praised the Legislature for passing the bill and a separate measure earmarking state money for family planning at clinics that do not provide abortions. Another 11 women with medication abortions set for next Tuesday could now be in jeopardy of losing that option, she said.

The legislation mandates a 3-day waiting period before a woman can get an abortion and also requires her to make two trips to a doctor.

"The real work begins now because we have to spend a lot of time educating and making sure the public is aware of what the real facts are now", Pate said. A signing ceremony is slated for 8:30 a.m., at the state Capitol building. Other states with similar policies are Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Utah. The state says these burdens are created by society and not the new law.

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.

Iowa Solicitor General Jeffrey Thompson argued on behalf of the state that "there is not a constitutional right to an abortion on demand".

  • Myrtle Hill