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Iowa State Will Not Seek Appeal to Fetal Heartbeat Court Ruling

Governor Reynolds of Iowa stated Monday that the government will not seek an appeal after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the “fetal heartbeat” law passed last May was unconstitutional. This unconstitutional law, if had it gone into effect, would have been one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the United States. Those against the law exclaimed their victory as a win for women seeking medical abortion across Iowa. Clinics, such as the Emma Goldman Clinic in Iowa City, will be permitted to continue providing first and second trimester abortions. The rejection of this law will allow Iowa women to continue to access legal abortion care from healthcare professionals. The case was brought before the Iowa Supreme Court by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa on grounds that it violated state constitutional law. Last June, the Iowa State Supreme Court ruled that Iowa’s constitution ensures the right to abortion, and as such, “imposes strict scrutiny on all our abortion laws.” Those in favor of the law had anticipated that Governor Reynolds would seek an appeal in hopes of escalating the case to the United States Supreme Court, a body which has been […]

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