Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Signs Restrictive 'Fetal Heartbeat' Abortion Ban Into Law
May 05, 2018, 13:20
Declaring "all innocent life is precious and sacred", Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday afternoon signed legislation that is described as the nation's most restrictive abortion law. The law bans nearly all abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected. It additionally stated passage and enactment of the measure has set the state up for a protracted authorized struggle.
Mississippi's Republican governor in signed into law a bill banning abortion after 15 weeks with some exceptions in March, sparking an immediate court challenge by abortion rights' advocates.
But pro-life state legislators, including Republican Sen.
Protesters rally outside Reynolds office on Friday.
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She added: "This law is not just about the women and families of Iowa, it's about all Americans having the right to decide if, when, and how to have a family. I am not going to back down from who I am or what I believe in".
They said they were pleased the Legislature took action to "stop any trafficking in fetal body parts" and said they support "the life-affirming intent of the provision to stop abortions after a heartbeat can be detected". A woman would have to report a rape within 45 days to law enforcement or a physician, and incest would need to be reported within 140 days.
This week, two conservative states moved forward with what could become the most severe abortion bans in the country. In Ohio, anti-choice lawmakers introduced a total ban on abortion and proposed to charge with murder - a crime punishable by the death penalty in the state - both physicians who provide abortion care and women who undergo the procedure.
"I certainly think their intent is to be a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade", Heather Shumaker, senior counsel for reproductive rights and health at the National Women's Law Center, told HuffPost.
As pro-lifers rejoice, Gov. Reynolds says she expects the battle over the bill to continue in the courts.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said the heartbeat bill could eventually present a challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision creating a constitutional right to abortion.
It has had decades to get the science to catch as much as what many have considered all along: "that she's a baby", Rep. Shannon Lundgren, R-Iowa, said, according to Iowa Public Radio. The right to control your own entire body involves the right to acquire safe, legal abortion. "People will not stand for it, and we will not stand for it", Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement provided to Refinery29.
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