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State Supreme Court Upholds Mandatory Waiting Period on Abortions

In a ruling handed down Tuesday, the Missouri Supreme Court unanimously upheld a law that requires women seeking an abortion to wait before having the procedure. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

In the ruling, the court rejected the claims of attorneys for Planned Parenthood, who argued that the law was unconstitutionally vague.

Lawmakers passed the law in 2003, then-Governor Bob Holden vetoed it and the legislature overrode the veto.

The law requires doctors to go over certain information with patients before performing the procedure at least 24 hours later.

Republican Senator John Loudon, a long-time opponent of abortion rights, says the ruling is a victory for women who need to be informed.

Planned Parenthood also has a suit pending in federal court over the 24 hour waiting period.

Still, Alison Gee, Political Director for Planned Parenthood of the St Louis Region says the ruling by the state's high court is disappointing.

Those on all sides of the abortion debate are looking at this ruling closely, and its possible implications for future cases and pending litigation.