Governor Signs Heartbeat Bill Dubbed "Nation's Strictest Abortion Regs"

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

The Iowa law requires any woman seeking an abortion to undergo an abdominal ultrasound to screen for a fetal heartbeat. It also sets the state up for a lengthy court fight.

The state of Iowa just passed the nation's strictest abortion regulation after their Governor signed it into law.

"I understand and I 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", said Reynolds while singing the bill, surrounded by children. As she signed the bill, protesters gathered outside her office chanted "my body, my choice!" "It is time for the Supreme Court to weigh in on the issue of life". "This is bigger than just a law. I mean, it's not just a local issue anymore, unfortunately, I mean, we are a national and worldwide embarrassment", said Matt Sinovic.

"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", Ms. Dannenfelser said in a statement.

"I am here to tell Governor Reynolds: 'We will see you in court, '" said Suzanna de Baca, president of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. And Jennifer Price, co-director of the Emma Goldman Clinic, an organization that provides abortions in Iowa City, pointed out that the law doesn't "provide the time or space" for people to make educated decisions about their bodies, given that some people might not even know they are pregnant at six weeks.

Kim Reynolds signed the country's most restrictive law on abortion on Friday afternoon.

Among the few exceptions are if the woman was raped or a victim of incest and has reported that to authorities.

The ban's backers predicted it would trigger a legal battle ultimately resulting in the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling establishing that women have the constitutional right to have an abortion. Conservatives say an influx of right-leaning judicial appointments under President Trump could make it a possibility.

Critics have pointed out that the legislation would effectively ban abortion at six weeks and before a woman is aware that she is pregnant.

The Iowa state House and Senate passed the bill earlier in the week. In a tweet posted yesterday, May 4, the ACLU of Iowa announced: "The ACLU of Iowa, along with Planned Parenthood, will not let this stand and will file a lawsuit to block this clearly unconstitutional law".

Beth Wessel-Koreschell, a Democratic legislator, countered that lawmakers believe "they know more than the medical experts on what is good medical practice". One of them was Georgia Jecklin, a retired teacher who drove in from Davenport. "I'm not going to back down from who I am or what I believe in".

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