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Iowa governor indicators fetal 'heartbeat invoice' into legislation

05 May 2018, 06:15 | Floyd Cook

Iowa governor signs 'heartbeat' bill banning most abortions

Iowa Governor Signs Bill to Ban All Abortions After an Unborn Baby's Heartbeat Begins

Kim Reynolds signed the country's most restrictive abortion law Friday, banning the procedure after six weeks.

As reported by the Associated Press, Reynolds, a Republican, signed the legislation in her office at the Iowa Capitol, as demonstrators outside shouted "My body, my choice!"

"However, this is bigger than just a law; this is about life. This new unconstitutional law shows that Reynolds cares more about the extreme political special interests that fund her campaign than about the rights of women in our state".

"I understand and anticipate that this will likely be challenged in court", Republican Governor Kim Reynolds said in a statement after the signing.

The Iowa law provides for some exemptions that allow abortions during a later pregnancy stage to save a pregnant woman's life or in some cases of rape and incest.

But Maggie DeWitte, executive director of the Iowans for Life, an anti-abortion group, praised the governor. "She is following through on her pledge to the people of Iowa that she is 100 per cent pro-life".

Reynolds' signature came shortly after state Planned Parenthood affiliates and the left-wing American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) threatened a lawsuit to block the law's enforcement, CBS News reports.

"This is about life and I believe life is life, whether it's inside the womb or outside the womb", Reynolds said at the signing ceremony.

If this bill is taken to the Supreme Court, it could potentially force the justices to reconsider the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a constitutional right to abortion. Conservatives say an influx of right-leaning judicial appointments under President Donald Trump could make it a possibility.

The legislation would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is around six weeks of pregnancy. The Daily Iowan previously reported that University of Iowa constitutional-law Professor Paul Gowder said the bill will nearly certainly not survive a court challenge.

The Iowa House narrowly approved the controversial bill 51-46 earlier in the week and the Senate passed it by a vote of 29-17.

"It's ridiculous that our government can govern women's bodies", she said.

Beth Wessel-Koreschell, a Democratic legislator, countered that lawmakers believe "they know more than the medical experts on what is good medical practice". That didn't stop Planned Parenthood and its allies from rallying Friday morning across the street from the Capitol to promise to continue to fight for reproductive rights. One of them was Georgia Jecklin, a retired teacher who drove in from Davenport.

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