The most restrictive abortion ban in Iowa to date to protect unborn children was just signed into law by Gov. Kim Reynolds. Under the legislation, abortionists can not perform abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. A heartbeat can be heard about six weeks into a pregnancy. Up until now, a woman has been able to get an abortion in Iowa up to her 20th week. The measure would not ban abortion after six weeks in all cases. The allowed exceptions
- The woman was raped and reports the rape to a law enforcement agency, a public or private health agency or a family physician within 45 days.
- The woman was the victim of incest and reports the issue to a law enforcement agency, a public or private health agency or a family physician within 140 days.
- “Not all the products of conception are expelled” following a spontaneous miscarriage.
- A physician certifies that the fetus has an abnormality that, in the physician’s “reasonable medical judgment,” is incompatible with life.
Iowa’s Planned Parenthood and the ACLU have already vowed to challenge the law in court, setting up a potential Supreme Court fight. Republican state Senator Rick Bertrand of Sioux City is ready for the fight
“We created an opportunity to take a run at Roe v. Wade – 100 percent,”
Gov. Kim Reynolds received the Bill Thursday morning and signed it on Friday.
“I understand that not everyone will agree with this decision,” she said. “But if death is determined when a heart stops beating, then doesn’t a beating heart indicate life?”
Shouldn’t that be it, that when a doctor detects an unborn babies heart beat that the baby should then be legally protected and have a right to life? Any rational person would say so.