UPDATE: Pro-life group responds to ruling on abortion law

Published: May. 5, 2017 at 11:24 AM CDT
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The order immediately and temporarily blocks a provision in the legislation requiring a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion.

The ACLU of Iowa said this means women scheduled to have abortion procedures Friday will be able to receive care as scheduled.

A Polk County judge on Thursday rejected the same request.

Iowa lawmakers approved a measure April 18 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 released a statement, saying in part: "This abortion restriction takes us back decades. It is among the harshest in the nation."

Iowa becomes 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.

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