Iowa governor signs 6-week abortion ban into law

  • Iowa governor signs 6-week abortion ban into law

Iowa governor signs 6-week abortion ban into law

Kim Reynolds signed a law Friday that bans most abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, something that typically happens around six weeks into a pregnancy. Reproductive justice advocates say the legislation, which only provides few exceptions, would effectively make abortion illegal in the state.

The Republican governor signed the measure as abortion rights demonstrators chanting "My body, my choice!" protested the measure outside the state Capitol building in Des Moines.

In Iowa, the same Republican-majority Legislature passed a 20-week abortion ban previous year.

The bill signing came shortly after the Iowa affiliates of Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union warned that they would sue the governor if she signed the bill, which the Republican-controlled Legislature quickly approved in after-hours votes earlier in the week.

"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".

"... this is bigger than just a law. I am not going to back down from who I am or what I believe in", she said. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 91.7% of abortions take place in the first trimester.

Kim Reynolds has signed a six-week abortion ban into law, marking the strictest abortion regulation in the nation. Incest would have to be reported within 140 days, the Associated Press reported. MS passed a law earlier this year banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, but it's on hold after a court challenge.

Schwager said it is hard to tell what the outcome of an appeal would be, but it would be worth it to let the courts decide, adding that she believes the ruling in the case of Roe v. Wade, which extended the right to privacy protected by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to a woman's right to an abortion, is unjust. Also, she said, many in their reproductive years may have late menstrual periods because of such factors as stress, or periods may be irregular, so women may not notice a missed period due to pregnancy. But like many other conservative politicians, she hopes to find friends in the Supreme Court, where US President Donald Trump has installed a conservative bench after coming to power.

This story was originally published on May 2 at 9:20 a.m. "We will fight for our patients rights and access to care with everything we've got". It has since been updated.

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