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ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Emma Goldman Clinic challenge Iowa's 'heartbeat' abortion ban

ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Emma Goldman Clinic challenge Iowa's 'heartbeat' abortion ban

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland President and CEO Suzanna de Baca said Tuesday if the law takes effect July 1, it will have a "devastating effect" on women seeking abortions. The law would ban abortions as soon as any embryonic cardiac activity is detected, which is usually at about six weeks, the same time women typically begin to feel the first signs of pregnancy. "Gov. Kim Reynolds has no right to impose her beliefs on Iowa women".

"This law must not go into effect", Dr. Jill Meadows, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Medical Director, said.

The ACLU of Iowa argues that if the court upholds the 72-hour wait period as well as the six-week ban, women will be placed in a unsafe position where they are forced to either carry an unwanted pregnancy to term, obtain an abortion in another state or self-induce an abortion.

There are some exceptions in the law.

"I understand and anticipate that this will likely be challenged in court, and that courts may even put a hold on the law until it reaches the Supreme Court", the governor said "However, this is bigger than just a law".

Pro-choice groups challenge Iowa's strict abortion ban

Bettis said the trio of groups is bringing the legal action in state court because the organizations believe Iowa's constitutional protections for abortion rights set out in an earlier telemedicine case before the Iowa Supreme Court are "as strong if not more so" than the federal Constitution.

Governor Reynolds said in a statement when she signed the bill, "I believe that all innocent life is precious and sacred, and as governor, I pledged to do everything in my power to protect it".

"We think it's extreme and outrageous", said Francine Thompson, co-director of the Emma Goldman Clinic in Iowa City, the first outpatient abortion clinic in the state.

Miller said the Thomas More Society, a conservative Chicago-based law firm, has agreed to defend the law for free.

The state legislature past year also passed a 72-hour waiting requirement for women seeking an abortion. That's around six weeks of pregnancy, making it the strictest abortion regulation in the country. Pro-abortion rights advocates say those who don't have the resources to leave Iowa will be forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term, or in some cases will attempt to self-induce, a sometimes-dangerous act. The battle over this law could eventually make its way to the high court as well. She said less than 2 percent of the abortions performed at her clinic past year were before or around the six-week mark.

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