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Iowa Supreme Court halts enforcement of abortion waiting period

The Iowa Supreme Court has halted enforcement of a 72-hour waiting period required before an abortion under a new state law. (MGN Online)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa Supreme Court has halted enforcement of a 72-hour waiting period required before an abortion under a new state law.

The court's approval of an injunction Friday came shortly after Gov. Terry Branstad signed the measure into law. The new law also bans most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The injunction remains in effect until Monday, allowing some scheduled abortions to proceed.

The injunction followed a decision Thursday by a lower court judge who denied a request by Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa to block elements of the abortion restriction before Branstad's signed the measure.

The organizations have argued that a 72-hour waiting period could cause undue harm to women by requiring multiple appointments.

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