The State Supreme Court has ruled on a challenge to an abortion law creating an informed consent requirement, including a 24-hour waiting period before elective abortions can be performed. Planned Parenthood had argued the statute was unconstitutionally vague and that its 24-hour waiting provision violated rights of liberty and privacy under the state constitution. The Court holds that the wording is not vague and that the 24-hour waiting period does not violate the Constitution. Furthermore, the Court notes the statute imposes no further duty on physicians than previously existed. This case concerns only Planned Parenthood’s claims under the State Constitution. All federal claims must still be resolved in federal court.
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