Iowa governor signs Fetal Heartbeat Bill into law

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

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

Miller said that case, which is a dispute over a 72-hour abortion waiting period, is "much closer to current litigation and current standards" than the fetal heartbeat bill.

"The reality is, with new scientific methods, we know when the heart starts beating in an unborn child and ... we use when the heart stops to define when death occurs", Edler said.

Governor Kim Reynolds said signed Senate File 359 into law Friday afternoon. Specifically, it requires a physician to perform an abdominal ultrasound when testing for a detectable fetal heartbeat and to inform the pregnant woman in writing whether a fetal heartbeat was detected, and if so, that an abortion is prohibited.

"It's especially disturbing that the passage of this bill comes at a time when Iowa legislators have also led a devastating assault on access to family planning and contraception, especially for poor and rural women", Stringer said in a statement, referring to the Legislature's creation of the Family Planning Network past year, which resulted in the closure of four Planned Parenthood clinics in the state.

Abortion rights supporters in Iowa and throughout the nation condemned the measure as unconstitutional and an affront to the rights of women.

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Republicans and anti-abortion activists see Iowa's law as an opportunity to chip away at the landmark ruling, *and potentially take the legal battle to the Supreme Court. "This law, if signed, I believe could very well be the very bill that overturns Roe v. Wade", Republican Sen. For me, it is sickening to sell fetal body parts.

The law will go into effect on July 1, unless the courts block the bill. A similar court challenge is under way in Kentucky, which in April enacted a ban on a common abortion procedure from the 11th week of pregnancy.

Opponents to the bill, including the Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, have meanwhile described the effort as an "intentionally unconstitutional ban on 99 percent of safe, legal abortion, created to challenge Roe v. Wade". "This is bigger than just a law".

Erin Davison-Rippey of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland promised the organization would do "whatever it takes to make sure that we protect the rights that our mothers, our grandmothers and our great-grandmothers have already won". The statement also supports the life-affirming intent of the provision to stop abortions after a heartbeat can be detected.

"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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