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Iowa governor signs abortion law amid court challenge

The bill, now awaiting a judge's ruling, is very similar to one previously struck down by the Iowa Supreme Court.
Credit: AP
File-This June 18, 2020, file photo shows Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updating the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference at the Statehouse, in Des Moines, Iowa. Reynolds on Monday, June 29, 2020, signed into law a bill that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion, trying again to institute a restriction similar to one struck down two years ago by the Iowa Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, Pool, File)

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a bill requiring women to wait 24 hours to get an abortion. 

The law is similar to one struck down by the Iowa Supreme Court two years ago. 

Reynolds signed the measure into law Monday as lawyers for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the state were wrapping up arguments before a state court judge who must now decide whether to immediately halt its enforcement. 

Planned Parenthood claims the bill is unconstitutional in the way it was passed in the middle of the night and that it violates due process and equal protection rights of women seeking an abortion.