On Monday, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the American Civil Liberties Union asked a judge to block the law, claiming it could increase the costs of an abortion in Iowa and hurt women, The Des Moines Register reports.
The Iowa law requires that a woman is offered the chance to see an ultrasound of her unborn baby and receive information about her baby’s development, abortion risks and alternatives before having an abortion. It also requires that women wait 72 hours prior to going through with the abortion.
Attorneys for the pro-abortion groups argued that the law puts an undue burden on women by requiring that they wait three days before having the abortion, according to the report.
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Meadows told the judge that the new law will essentially require women to make at least two trips to a Planned Parenthood clinic or other provider. Though the law only requires a three-day waiting period, a lack of resources and scheduling concerns mean that women could end up waiting a week or more for the procedure, she said.