No challenge expected on Missouri abortion law

Oct 5, 2014 12:57 PM by News Staff

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A new Missouri law requiring a 72-hour abortion waiting period is to take effect this week, and the state's only abortion clinic isn't planning to try to stop it.

The law tripling Missouri's current waiting period was enacted Sept. 10 when legislators overrode a veto by Gov. Jay Nixon. It is to take effect Friday.

Paula Gianino is president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri. She says national attorneys from women's health organizations reviewed the law and decided there wasn't a good legal route to block it from taking effect.

A Planned Parenthood affiliate did challenge a similar 72-hour waiting period adopted by South Dakota in 2011. But the organization ultimately dropped that challenge.

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