05 May, 2018
Kim Reynolds (R) signed the country's most restrictive abortion bill into law Friday, outlawing the procedure once a "heartbeat" is detected, which is usually at about six weeks - a time when many people do not yet know they are pregnant.
Reynolds signed the bill at the governor's office at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.
Previously, pro-life state Rep. Shannon Lundgren, a Republican, admitted that the legislation likely would expose the state to a legal challenge, KMA Radio News reports.
"Except in the case of a medical emergency or when the abortion is medically necessary, a physician shall not perform an abortion unless the physician has first complied with the prerequisites of chapter 146A and has tested the pregnant woman as specified in this subsection, to determine if a fetal heartbeat is detectable", the Iowa law states.
There are exemptions to the rule built into the bill. The law is sure to draw challenges in court, something the bill's advocates say is actually part of their goal.
"However, this is bigger than just a law", she continued.
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Within a half hour, the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa announced it will go to court to block implementation of the law before it takes effect July 1. I understand that not everyone will agree with this decision.
Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, praised the law, saying it "will not only save lives, it also reminds us that abortion stops a beating heart".
This year, MS passed a law banning abortion after 15 weeks, except in the case of medical emergencies or fetal abnormality but not including rape or incest. Up till now, a lady has been capable of get an abortion in Iowa as much as her 20th week.
Like numerous speakers, de Baca had a message for Reynolds and the Republicans who passed the law: "We will see you in court".
The ACLU's Stringer called that "a bad way to make legislation.to treat the women of our state".
"Politicians in Iowa are hell bent on controlling women's bodies, taking away our rights, and blocking access to health care".
"We thank Iowa for recognizing that every life is a gift and that personhood has inherent dignity from the moment of conception", Mancini added. Arkansas and North Dakota have both passed similar extreme abortion laws in the past, and both were quickly voided by the courts as unconstitutional.