Judge strikes down Iowa law requiring 24-hour waiting period for abortion

Iowa may not enforce a law approved last year that required women seeking an abortion to receive an ultrasound and then wait at least 24 hours before undergoing the procedure, a judge ordered on Monday.

Iowa District Judge Mitchell Turner ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and said the law, which was signed by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds on June 29, 2020, after lawmakers passed it as an amendment to a bill relating to the withdrawal of life-sustaining procedures from minors, violated the state constitution’s “single subject” rule that requires that every act in the Legislature “shall embrace but one subject.”

Turner also ruled that the law violates Iowa Supreme Court precedent, which established in 2018 that “under the Iowa constitution, that implicit in the concept of ordered liberty is the ability to decide whether to continue or terminate a pregnancy.”

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