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Iowa Abortion Bill Will Head To Courts–For Sure

May 5, 2018

Republican Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is poised to sign legislation prohibiting nearly all abortions in Iowa after a fetal heartbeat is detected.  In so doing she is making an effort to create the most restrictive abortion ban in the nation according to the Des Moines Register. 

The law, which goes into effect on July 1 if not stopped by courts, will require physicians to conduct an abdominal ultrasound to test for a fetal heartbeat on any woman seeking an abortion. If a heartbeat is detected, a physician cannot perform an abortion. Experts said a fetal heartbeat can be detected about six weeks into a pregnancy and often before a woman realizes she’s pregnant.

But it needs to be noted–obviously–that similar legislation passed in other states didn’t go into effect after they were challenged in court over their constitutionality.  Iowa is just a short time from being forced to back down from yet another unconstitutional attempt by those who wish to control the health care choices of women.

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