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Appeals Court Upholds MO Abortion Wait Period

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis – A federal appeals court panel says Missouri's new law requiring a 24-hour wait for women seeking abortions can take effect.

Thursday's order from the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dissolves a temporary retraining order from October, when the law originally was scheduled to go on the books.

Starting now, Missouri physicians will have to wait 24 hours to perform abortions after conferring with women about things such as physical, psychological and situational risk factors.

Planned Parenthood affiliates challenged the law as being too vague.

A Kansas City attorney for Planned Parenthood, Arthur Benson, says the group will decide Friday on its next step.

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