Published: Sat, May 05, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Iowa'S & fetal 'Pulse' passed by lawmakers, sent to governor

Iowa'S & fetal 'Pulse' passed by lawmakers, sent to governor

Kim Reynolds signed the country's most restrictive abortion law Friday, banning the procedure after six weeks.

Republican Governor Kim Reynolds signed the "Heartbeat" bill, which severely restricts the practice of abortion in the midwest state.

In Iowa, the same Republican-majority Legislature passed a 20-week abortion ban previous year.

Because an unborn baby's heartbeat is detectable by about six weeks of pregnancy, the bill would prohibit nearly all abortions in Iowa.

There are exemptions to the rule built into the bill. These legal challenges could work their way up to the Supreme Court, setting up a showdown over Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that affirmed a woman's legal right to abortion until fetal viability.

"This is about life and I believe life is life, whether it's inside the womb or outside the womb", Reynolds said at the signing ceremony.

Democrats say the law will drastically curtail the programs, causing higher rates and lost jobs.

"People will not stand for it, and we will not stand for it", Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement provided to Refinery29.

"I understand that not everyone will agree with this decision", Reynolds said. "But if death is determined when a heart stops beating, then doesn't a beating heart indicate life?"

Like numerous speakers, de Baca had a message for Reynolds and the Republicans who passed the law: "We will see you in court". The new law will ban abortions after the first heartbeat is detected - around the sixth week of gestation, roughly. Up till now, a lady has been capable of get an abortion in Iowa as much as her 20th week.

This year, MS passed a law banning abortion after 15 weeks, except in the case of medical emergencies or fetal abnormality but not including rape or incest.

There was a protest of the bill today at the state capitol, and during this hour of River to River, IPR's Katarina Sostaric and Joyce Russell join guest host Emily Woodbury.

"We are taking a courageous tell the nation that Iowa will defend its most vulnerable", Republican state legislator Shannon Lundgren said on the House floor. This would not apply to medical diagnostic samples, or forensic investigations, or to fetal body parts donated for medical research after a miscarriage or stillbirth.

"We couldn't be more pleased", DeWitte said Friday.

Neither ban is likely to go into effect without facing a legal challenge - but players on both sides of the abortion debate say that is largely the point.

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