Judge Delays New Missouri Abortion Law

October 9, 2003 - Posted at: 7:38 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A federal judge has decided to delay the start of a new state law to make physicians wait 24 hours after consulting women before performing abortions.

His clerk says Senior U.S. District Judge Scott Wright plans to issue the temporary restraining order tomorrow.  That's one day before the law was to have taken effect.

Wright held a closed telephone conference call yesterday with attorneys for the state and Planned Parenthood affiliates.

Planned Parenthood claims the law is unconstitutionally vague and broad.

Wright plans a January 27 hearing in Jefferson City on whether to issue a preliminary or permanent injunction against the law.

Last month the Missouri Legislature enacted the abortion regulation law by over-riding Governor Holden's veto.

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