Controversial anti-abortion bill sparks fury in USA state

07 May, 2018, 01:11 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Iowa Passes Controversial Abortion Bill

The bill also reportedly contains exceptions for victims of rape or incest. According to the American Pregnancy Association, fetal heartbeats can be detected at around six weeks, making this new law the strictest abortion regulation in the United States, as noted by the AP.

CNN reports that Reynolds expects there to be opposition to the bill. "However, this is bigger than just a law", she said in a statement.

Citing her faith, presumably Christianity, State Governor Kim Reynolds said the bill was "about life" and it was "immoral to stop an innocent beating heart".

In order to obtain an abortion under the new law, one would have to undergo an abdominal ultrasound to detect a heartbeat. If a fetal heartbeat can be detected, the physician must deny the woman her constitutional right to an abortion.

Rebecca Wang, a reproductive justice fellow for If/When/How, a national nonprofit network of lawyers and law students and a University of Iowa College of Law graduate, said in a press release that she was particularly saddened by the signing of the bill and that it does not reflect the soul of the Iowa she knows.

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Iowa became the most pro-life state in the nation Friday afternoon, potentially setting up a battle that could change America's abortion laws. Most pregnancies exhibit a heartbeat for the baby as early as six weeks.

Wang said the bill will undoubtedly be challenged in court and would very likely be struck down.

According to the Register, proponents of the bill hope it will spark a legal debate that ultimately overturns Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court. "This should be deeply concerning to anyone who believes women should be allowed to make decisions about their bodies and control their destinies, and we now look to the courts to defend our essential human rights".

"We have stomped on women's rights to make their own healthcare decision, and in my opinion, it is being used as a bargaining chip to shut the place down", Representative Jo Oldson (D-Iowa) says.

"Today's actions to ban abortion are an embarrassment to Iowa and they will remain a blemish on our state for the foreseeable future", advocacy group Planned Parenthood Voters of Iowa said in a statement.

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