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Iowa Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Abortion Waiting Period Lawsuit

Iowa Supreme Court justices hear oral arguments in case over abortion law requiring a 72-hour waiting period. (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday morning challenging a law requiring women to wait 72 hours before getting an abortion.

This hearing challenged two of the three regulations added to Iowa’s abortion law back in May.

“There are few decisions a person can make in a lifetime that are more intimate and personal, and few decisions that are as central to personal dignity,” attorney for Planned Parenthood Alice Clapman told the court.

Planned Parenthood and the ACLU says the law creates more hoops for women to jump through before getting an abortion.

Lawyers for the ACLU say the extra clinical appointment and mandatory 72 hour wait after that appointment is unconstitutional.

The argument is that the 72 hour wait creates a burden for woman.

The state’s attorney says the wait is so woman can make an informed decision.

“The point of the statute is to provide time which everybody agreed is a good thing, to make an important decision and make sure certain information is exchanged. The 72 hours is 72 hours. We had an exchange about whether 24 is different than 72. The record shows that at a practical matter it’s no difference at all,” argued Jeffery Thompson, and attorney for the state.

Gov. Kim Reynolds backs the 72 hour wait. A message from her office says she will continue to fight for the unborn.

The court has not given a date for when a ruling in the case will be released.