NATION IN BRIEF : OHIO : Waiting Period for Abortions Enacted
Ohio Gov. George V. Voinovich signed a bill mandating a waiting period for abortions. The measure requires that, at least 24 hours before undergoing an abortion, women be given material explaining fetal development and listing alternatives to abortion. In addition, individual counseling by a doctor is required. The law takes effect 90 days after the signed bill is filed with the secretary of state. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has said it will challenge the law in federal court.