Planned Parenthood Considering Additional Challenge of Missouri Abortion Law

MARCH 1, 2006 - Posted at 8:04 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Officials with Planned Parenthood are studying whether to continue their federal challenge to Missouri's 24-hour waiting period for abortions.

The 2003 law says doctors cannot perform an abortion until 24 hours after talking with a patient about the procedure.  Doctors who fail to do so can lose their licenses.

A unanimous Missouri Supreme Court upheld the law yesterday, rejecting arguments that it violates the Missouri Constitution.  The court said the mandate doesn't add to the duties that physicians bear under common law.

Planned Parenthood has also challenged the law in federal court.  Officials of the organization's Kansas-Mid-Missouri chapter will now decide whether to drop that effort.

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