By Terry Vanderheyden

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, November 29, 2005 ( – The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld a law requiring an 18-hour wait period before abortion, which also mandates that women receive counseling before abortion.

The 4-1 ruling upheld a 1995 law that requires that women show their face at a clinic at least 18 hours before an abortion. Abortionists and their advocates who challenged the law argued that counseling and a waiting period requirement contravened rights of women to privacy.

The court disagreed, saying that the law “does not impose a material burden on any right to privacy or abortion that may be provided or protected” under the state constitution, according to an Associated Press report.


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