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Iowa judge temporarily blocks state’s new 24-hour waiting period for abortion

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) -- A judge has ruled to temporarily block the enforcement of Iowa's new law requiring women to wait for 24-hours before having an abortion.

The law was signed by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds Monday and was to go into effect on July 1.

The law would require women seeking an abortion to first receive an ultrasound and certain state-mandated information, such as adoption options, and then wait at least 24 hours before returning to the health center to have an abortion. But the order issued by state court Judge Mitchell Turner prevents it from becoming law until a court can determine whether it's constitutional.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland filed a lawsuit last week challenging the law claiming that it violates the due process and equal protection rights of women seeking an abortion.

The Iowa Supreme Court struck down a similar law back in 2018 that required a 72-hour delay requirement for abortions.

To read the document with the full ruling, click here.

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