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Democrat Attorney General Tom Miller’s office told The Des Moines Register that Iowa abortion providers are not yet required to impose a 24-hour waiting period before an unborn baby is intentionally killed.

Miller’s office said the waiting period didn’t immediately take effect after the Iowa Supreme Court issued its ruling last year. It will take effect on July 8 — three weeks after the ruling.


The court sent the case back to a lower district court to reconsider, meaning the waiting period is not in effect until the case moves from the Supreme Court to the District Court.

Lynn Hicks, the AG’s chief of staff, said the district court may grant another injunction of the law.

Miller’s refusal to enforce the law was well received by the ACLU of Iowa.

“We are glad that the Attorney General’s office has communicated that the state will not enforce the law before the case goes back to the district court, likely in July,” American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa Legal Director Rita Bettis Austen said. “Planned Parenthood is evaluating the best way to serve patients during this time period.”

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