Iowa’s ‘fetal heartbeat’ abortion restriction declared unconstitutional – CNN

Some legislators who support the law said in May they hoped it would lead to a legal battle that reaches the Supreme Court. Emboldened by the court’s new conservative majority, they said they think it will help overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that affirmed the right to an abortion in all 50 states. What’s your opinion?


(CNN)An Iowa state judge on Tuesday struck down the state’s so-called “fetal heartbeat” law, declaring one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion bans unconstitutional.

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The law, signed in May, would ban doctors from performing most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. That can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women even know they are pregnant.

 

Polk County District Judge Michael Huppert wrote in his decision striking down the law that its defenders didn’t identify a compelling state interest in barring most abortions after a fetus’ heartbeat can be found, The Des Moines Register reported.

 

The bill, signed by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, was challenged by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the Emma Goldman Clinic, a move that halted it from taking effect last summer.

 

 

Some legislators who support the law said in May they hoped it would lead to a legal battle that reaches the Supreme Court. Emboldened by the court’s new conservative majority, they said they think it will help overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that affirmed the right to an abortion in all 50 states.

 

Read more — https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/23/us/iowa-fetal-heartbeat-abortion-unconstitutional/index.html

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