Reynolds set to sign fetal-heartbeat bill

05 May, 2018, 13:21 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Iowa set to ban abortions after six weeks

Citing her faith, presumably Christianity, State Governor Kim Reynolds said the bill was "about life" and it was "immoral to stop an innocent beating heart".

The bill signing came shortly after the Iowa affiliates of Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union warned that they would sue the governor if she signed the bill, which the Republican-controlled Legislature quickly approved in after-hours votes earlier in the week.

The bill passed through the Iowa House of Representatives on Tuesday by a vote of 51-46, and passed the Senate on Wednesday by a vote of 27-19. It requires physicians to perform an ultrasound test for a fetal heartbeat on any woman seeking an abortion, and bars abortion if a heartbeat is detected.

The legislation is aimed at triggering a challenge to Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 landmark decision which established that women have a constitutional right to an abortion, activists on both sides of the issue said.

"Given that there has been a confirmation of a conservative judge on the Supreme Court, and there are so many Trump nominees to other federal courts, I think the anti-abortion movement really feels emboldened to pursue unconstitutional abortion bans", Shumaker said. It is the earliest abortion ban in the United States.

Nonetheless, the measure wouldn't ban abortion after six weeks in all circumstances - some exemptions embrace cases of rape, incest, fetal abnormalities or to avoid wasting the mom's life.


The law will go into effect on July 1, unless the courts block the bill.

"However, this is bigger than just a law", she continued. "I'm not going to back down from who I am or what I believe in".

Babies' hearts begin beating in the womb about three weeks into pregnancy, and are usually heard by new parents at their first or second trip to the doctor.

"I am here to tell Governor Reynolds, we will see you in court", Planned Parenthood of the Heartland president Suzanna de Baca said.

Spokeswoman Becca Lee of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, which supports access to abortion, called it an "intentionally unconstitutional ban on 99 percent of safe, legal abortion, created to challenge Roe v. Wade". But the Supreme Court's decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt - which struck down two Texas restrictions that would have closed numerous clinics - appears to have dampened enthusiasm for the TRAP strategy in conservative legislatures across the country.

"We couldn't be more pleased", DeWitte said Friday.

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