Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds seeks 6-week abortion ban
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Tuesday she's seeking court action that could result in the state banning most abortions at six weeks.
- That would give the state one of the most restrictive bans in the U.S.
Driving the news: Reynolds announced in a news release she's requesting Iowa courts lift an injunction blocking the enforcement of the state's fetal heartbeat law.
- The law does allow for abortions in the case of rape and incest — if they are reported to law enforcement — or to save the mother's life.
Flashback: Reynolds signed the heartbeat bill in 2018, but it was immediately challenged by the ACLU of Iowa and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland.
- A Polk County judge ruled in 2019 that the law couldn't be enforced because it violated the state constitution.
Yes, but: Earlier this month, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled the state's Constitution doesn't protect the right to an abortion — giving more leeway for anti-abortion lawmakers to pass restrictions.
What they're saying: "The Supreme Court's historic decision reaffirms that states have the right to protect the innocent and defenseless unborn — and now it's time for our state to do just that," Reynolds said in a statement. "As governor, I will do whatever it takes to defend the most important freedom there is: the right to life."
The other side: Senate Minority Leader Zach Wahls tweeted that he believes state Republicans "will not stop" until abortions are entirely banned.
- "This is an incredibly dangerous action that threatens the health, safety, and future of Iowa women," he said.
Of note: Reynolds also announced that she is asking the courts to rehear a case the Iowa Supreme Court just ruled on regarding a 2020 law that requires a 24-hour waiting period for abortions.
Between the lines: In her statement on Tuesday, Reynolds said SCOTUS' actions on Roe V. Wade and the ruling from the Iowa Supreme Court have lended themselves to these motions.
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