Iowa top court rejects right to abortion, revives waiting period law

Iowa's highest court on Friday ruled that the state's constitution does not include a "fundamental right" to abortion, reversing its own finding from four years ago

and reviving a law requiring women to wait 24 hours after an initial appointment before getting an abortion.

The 5-2 ruling by the Supreme Court of Iowa overturned a lower court one blocking the law, which had been challenged by a Planned Parenthood affiliate.

It comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected in coming weeks to issue a major ruling that could dramatically curtail abortion rights at the national level.

Sarah Stoesz, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood North Central States, said the group was "deeply disappointed" by the ruling.

The group also noted that the ruling still leaves room to challenge the 24-hour waiting period in the lower court..

on the grounds that it imposes an "undue burden" on women seeking abortion, and said it would pursue that challenge.

The office of Iowa Attorney General Thomas Miller, which defended the law, declined to comment.

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