Iowa Gov. Reynolds signs law banning abortion past 6 weeks

06 May, 2018, 05:05 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Pro-abortion activists demonstrate in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington DC

"I understand and anticipate that this will likely be challenged in court, and that courts may even put a hold on the law until it reaches the Supreme Court", Reynolds said in a statement.

A federal appeals court in recent years has struck down similar legislation approved in Arkansas and North Dakota, but conservatives say an influx of right-leaning judicial appointments under President Donald Trump could produce a different outcome in the future.

Certain changes, including exceptions to the ban for some victims of rape or incest, brought some lawmakers on board.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, center, reacts after signing a six-week abortion ban bill into law during a ceremony in her formal office, Friday, May 4, 2018. MS enacted a law earlier this year banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, but it's on hold after a court challenge.

"However, this is bigger than just a law; this is about life".

The Republican governor signed the legislation at the state Capitol as protesters gathered outside chanting, "My body, my choice!" As of May 3, they're also pushing forward with a bill that will make it much more hard for Planned Parenthood to help promote sexual education. If one is detected, the abortion could not be performed. According to a study by NPR and ProPublica, the rate of maternal death is on the rise in the U.S.; The Guardian notes that a state's stance on access to abortion can be indicative of the caliber of healthcare offered to pregnant people, and women generally. In order to be allowed to undergo the procedure, the pregnant person would have to report the rape to the authorities or a physician within 45 days of the "incident".

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Planned Parenthood is reportedly preparing to launch into a legal battle with the state of Iowa as a result of the newly-signed abortion law. The ban is set to go into effect on July 1.

Abortion foes hailed the law as the first step in potentially dismantling Roe v. Wade - the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that granted women the legal right to an abortion. "Now is the time for us to unite and fight for every person's right to access the care they need".

"The bold pro-life action taken by the Iowa legislature reflects growing national pro-life sentiment and restlessness under the extreme status quo imposed by Roe v. Wade", Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List said in a statement. Gov. Reynolds, we'll see you in court.

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