Indiana's abortion waiting period upheld

Nov. 23, 2005 at 3:56 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The Indiana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that forcing women to wait 18 hours for an abortion does not impose an undue burden on them.

The 4-1 decision upheld a 1995 law that requires women to give informed consent in person at a clinic at least 18 hours before the procedure, the Indianapolis Star reported.

Justice Theodore Boehm was the only dissenter, saying that the waiting period is a financial hardship and "a material burden."

Another justice, Brent Dickson, said he had hoped the court would declare "that the Indiana Constitution does not protect any alleged right to abortion."

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