Court dismisses abortion appeal
Wednesday, June 9, 2004
The Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After allowing an abortion waiting-period law to take effect, a federal appeals court on Tuesday dismissed the case from its control.
The dismissal, requested by Planned Parenthood affiliates, allows the abortion provider to return to a federal district judge and seek an injunction to again block the law.
Planned Parenthood attorney Arthur Benson said in an e-mail that he has asked U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright to convene an attorneys' conference today to schedule a hearing on an injunction.
The law, enacted when legislators overrode Gov. Bob Holden's veto last September, requires physicians to wait 24 hours after consulting women before performing abortions.
It took effect May 28, one day after a panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a temporary restraining order.