Iowa Supreme Court Ruling on Three-Day Waiting Period Before an Abortion

Statement from Bishop Richard Pates

Life or death decisions via-a-vis human life are served by careful reflection regarding the very best outcome for the individual whose life is at stake.

The intent of the Iowa legislature in enacting legislation requiring a three-day waiting period before an abortion was to enable such reflection and provide all associated with an individual abortion the opportunity to come to grips with this momentous decision.

The determination of the Iowa Supreme Court in this regard is deeply disappointing. Now, we must be unrelenting in our continuing advocacy for the human person in the mother’s womb. It seeks the unwavering commitment to the most basic right of all – the right to life. May Pope Francis be our inspiration: “Let us respect human life, especially vulnerable life in a mother’s womb.”

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