Iowa judge blocks law requiring 24-hour wait before abortion

A 2020 state law requiring women to wait 24 hours before receiving an abortion is unconstututional, an Iowa judge ruled Tuesday.

In his order, Turner also canceled a planned trial in the case, which was set for January. At a press conference Tuesday, Planned Parenthood North Central States Director of Public Affairs Jamie Burch Elliott said the law was "medically unnecessary and harmful" and would have effectively put abortion access out of reach for many people.

"Once again, the court righted a legislative overreach related to abortion care, and the court's decision means access to safe and legal abortion in Iowa remains unchanged," Elliott said.