May 27, 2018

Abortion outlawed in USA state of Iowa

05 May 2018, 06:15 | Simon Arnold

Pro-abortion activists demonstrate in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington DC Credit AFP

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.

The Republican governor signed the legislation in her formal office at the state capitol as protesters gathered outside chanting, "My body, my choice!"

"The ACLU of Iowa, along with Planned Parenthood, will not let this risky, unconstitutional law stand", said ACLU's Mark Stringer.

Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life applauded Reynolds and said the law "will not only save lives", but also "reminds us that abortion stops a beating heart".

Gov. Kim Reynolds will sign the fetal heartbeat bill, Senate File 359 at 3 p.m.

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.

"We thank Iowa for recognizing that every life is a gift and that personhood has inherent dignity from the moment of conception", she said.

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