Abortion law struck down in Iowa
Planned Parenthood supporters gather outside of the Iowa state capitol in protest of the "fetal heartbeat: legislation that got approved this week banning most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. They also spoke out against a budget bill that would prohibit agencies like Planned Parenthood that perform abortions from getting federal money for sex ed programs.
PHOTO CREDIT: Caroline Cummings via CBS 2 Iowa
Earlier this week, a state judge ruled Iowa's “fetal heartbeat” law, the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, as unconstitutional. The law was signed by the Governor last May and would have banned doctors from performing most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. This was very controversial considering that a heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women even know they are pregnant.
The judge declared the law unconstitutional because it's up to women to decide if they want abortions, not the state. Planned Parenthood had sued last summer, halting the bill and keeping it from going into effect.
"Today's victory is essential to the rights and safety of women in Iowa. It follows in the footsteps of the Iowa Supreme Court decision on abortion in 2018 that recognized the fundamental right to a safe and legal abortion for Iowa women, which cannot be legislated away. Today's decision upholds women's freedom and equality in Iowa." ~ Rita Bettis Austen, legal director for the ACLU of Iowa, via CNN