Iowa governor indicators fetal 'heartbeat invoice' into legislation

The law bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is around six weeks of pregnancy. It also will potentially cost Iowa taxpayers millions of dollars in legal fees at a time when our state budget is already in crisis, thanks to Gov. Reynolds' mismanagement. Though banning abortion at (and beyond) six weeks is popular among anti-choice lawmakers, passing this type of legislation is not that easy.

But pro-life state legislators, including Republican Sen.

"This is a sad day for women and families in Iowa-their legislature and governor has thrown away their ability to plan their families and their futures".

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.

The law goes into effect July 1.

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".

However, the law would not prosecute an abortionist with civil or criminal offenses while granting abortion-seeking women legal immunity.

The amended version passed Tuesday and Wednesday contained exceptions to the ban for cases involving rape, incest or a life-threatening fetal abnormality. A victim of incest must report her sexual abuse to at least one of the same set of authorities within 140 days.

The restriction is the strictest abortion regulation in the nation, the AP said. It outlawed the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Reynolds, who has in the past referred to abortion as "murder", echoed that sentiment in a statement Friday.

"This bill will be the vehicle that will ultimately provide change and provide the opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade", he stressed.

As pro-lifers rejoice, Gov. Reynolds says she expects the battle over the bill to continue in the courts. "It's created to give the court an opportunity to revisit Roe v. Wade", said South Carolina Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey (R).

"It is clearly unconstitutional and it effectively blocks the right (to) an abortion for most women", she said. "Instead, we will protect the fundamental right of Iowa women to control their bodies and their lives". "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.

  • Jon Douglas