Planned Parenthood officials are asking a federal court to block a new Missouri law that would require women seeking abortions to consult a physician and wait 24 hours before undergoing the procedure. The law is set to go into effect on October 11th, but the lawsuit seeks to stop enforcement of the law. Planned Parenthood claims it contains unconstitutionally vague and broad language. The legislature put the law into effect over the objections of Governor Holden when it overrode his veto on September 11th. The law requires women to wait 24 hours to have an abortion after talking with a doctor about any physical, psychological or “situational” risk factors. Women and doctors also would have to sign a consent form saying they had discussed the risks.
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