Iowa Judge Says 3-Day Abortion Waiting Period Constitutional; Planned Parenthood, ACLU Will AppealBy Live Action Newsroom
Live Action News - October 4, 2017
Iowa district judge Jeffrey Farrell ruled this week that the state’s recently-enacted 72-hour abortion waiting period is constitutional, because it does not place an “undue burden” on women seeking abortion.
Farrell wrote in his ruling, “There is no question that the second trip will have some impact on low-income women and those who have to drive longer distances. However, the fact that there is some burden is not dispositive if the act does not place a substantial obstacle in the way of women getting an abortion.”
Challenging the law are Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the ACLU of Iowa, who have vowed to appeal the judge’s ruling to the Iowa Supreme Court. According to The Globe Gazette, “Twenty-seven other states already have enacted waiting periods, according to information from the Guttmacher Institute… though Iowa joins only a handful of states that have extended that time frame to three days.”
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