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Iowa court extends hold on new waiting period for abortions

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has extended an order blocking part of a new law requiring women to wait 72 hours before they can get an abortion.

The high court said in a ruling filed Tuesday that a temporary injunction approved Friday will remain in effect until a district court takes further action regarding a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland.

ACLU and Planned Parenthood want to permanently halt the requirement, which is part of a new law that also bans most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The groups argue the waiting period, among the longest in the country, could cause undue harm to women by requiring multiple appointments.

Attorneys for the state have challenged that argument.

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