DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A judge has ruled that the 72-hour wait period outlined in a bill on the governor's desk is not an "undue burden" on Iowa women getting an abortion.
Judge Jeffrey Farrell ruled late Thursday afternoon against Planned Parenthood and the ACLU's temporary injunction to halt the three-day waiting period outlined in the bill passed this legislative session. That means that Iowa women who already have abortions scheduled for tomorrow or in the coming days will have their appointments disrupted.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland said they plan to appeal the decision.
Gov. Terry Branstad is signing the bill into law Friday morning. According to language in the bill, the law goes into effect as soon as Branstad signs it. The bill also prevents Iowa women from getting an abortion after 20 weeks, and requires a woman to get an ultrasound before her abortion.
On April 18, Iowa lawmakers approved the measure banning abortions at 20 weeks with no exceptions for rape, incest or fatal fetal conditions April 18. The legislation also requires women to wait 72 hours prior to getting an abortion.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland CEO Suzanna De Baca said in a statement Wednesday, "This abortion restriction takes us back decades. It is among the harshest in the nation."
Once signed into law, Iowa will become one of three states with a 72-hour waiting period and two-trip requirement for abortions -- joining Missouri and South Dakota. Louisiana passed a similar law but it has been temporarily enjoined, according to the ACLU.