Iowa 'Heartbeat' law bans abortions after six weeks

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The Iowa affiliate of Planned Parenthood says it plans to file a lawsuit challenging a six-week abortion ban if the state's Republican governor signs it into law.

"The bill weaponizes fetal heartbeat, which is by all accounts an arbitrary standard that bans abortion long before the point of fetal viability", spokeswoman Becca Lee argued. But if death is determined when a heart stops beating, then doesn't a beating heart indicate life?

"This bill is one more example of state politicians, emboldened by the Trump-Pence administration, carrying out policy after policy that strip away people's freedoms and access to care", Laguens added."The right to control your body includes the right to access safe, legal abortion".

At the rally, officials from the Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the ACLU of Iowa said they would immediately take legal action if the governor signed the bill.

The law would require any women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound to determine whether a fetal heartbeat can be detected, a milestone usually detected around the sixth week of pregnancy.

State senators who backed the measure said earlier this week that they were aiming to challenge the US Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision that established that women had a constitutional right to abortion. Up until now, a woman has been able to get an abortion in Iowa up to her 20th week.

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Reynolds said she is "100-percent pro-life", and pro-life lawmakers expressed hopes that the law eventually could lead to the reversal of Roe v. Wade. We also ensured that the exceptions in this bill would not undermine the 20-week abortion ban we passed a year ago.

The law will go into effect on July 1, unless the courts block the bill.

U.S. Representative Steve King (R-Iowa), who is sponsoring similar legislation at the federal level, praised his counterparts in Des Moines.

"Reynolds acknowledged that the new law would likely face litigation, but said: 'This is bigger than just a law, this is about life, and I'm not going to back down.' Reynolds has previously said she was proud to be pro-life, '" the AP story reported.

"The ACLU of Iowa, along with Planned Parenthood, will not let this unsafe, unconstitutional law stand", said ACLU's Mark Stringer. The bill prohibits abortions after a baby's heartbeat can be detected in the womb and makes it a crime to sell an aborted baby's body parts.

"We need to be more aggressive at treating this awful addiction that is occurring in our state", he said.

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