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05 May 2018, 06:15 | Simon Arnold
Pro-abortion activists demonstrate in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington DC
Similar bans approved in other states haven't gone into effect because they were challenged in court over their constitutionality. "I'm not going to back down from who I am or what I believe in".
Backers of the so-called heartbeat bill - which didn't get a single Democratic vote in the Legislature during final passage and included no votes by six Republicans - expressed hope it could challenge Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that established women have a right to terminate pregnancies until a fetus is viable.
"I understand that not everyone will agree with this decision", Reynolds said.
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.
Planned Parenthood is Iowa's largest provider of abortions but does not have a Sioux City office.
Planned Parenthood and the ACLU promised a lawsuit against Reynolds before she signed the bill, criticizing the governor for signing a bill they say is "so clearly unconstitutional". 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. "Iowa's fight, and it's on all of us to push back against these attacks on our lives, our bodies, our vehicle. our rights". "It is time for the Supreme Court to weigh in on the issue of life. This should be deeply concerning to anyone who believes women should be allowed to make decisions about their bodies and control their destinies, and we now look to the courts to defend our essential human rights".
However, supporters of the bill such as GOP state Sen.
Iowa's Republican-controlled Legislature approved the legislation earlier in the week.
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