Iowa Gov. asks court to lift injunction on 'heartbeat' abortion ban
Abortion rights advocates at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul on Tuesday, May 3 in the wake of a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade. Photo by Christine Schuster | Bring Me The News.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Thursday she'd filed a motion requesting the district court lift an injunction on the state's "heartbeat" abortion ban.
In an announcement Thursday, Reynolds said the U.S. Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade brings "new hope and a pathway forward" to challenge the court's injunction on the ban.
“Life and death are determined by a person’s heartbeat, and I believe that includes our unborn children," she stated. "As long as I’m Governor, I will stand up for the sanctity of life and fight to protect the precious and innocent unborn lives.”
In June, the Iowa Supreme Court overruled a 2018 ruling that found the Iowa Constitution protected abortion as a fundamental right.
Abortion restrictions in Iowa could now soon gain the legal footing to be enforced, further increasing demand for the procedure in Minnesota, where clinics are already bracing for an influx in patients due to bans in Wisconsin, South Dakota, and possibly soon North Dakota.
There were 3,761 abortions preformed in Iowa last year, according to data from the Iowa Department of Health.
“Governor Reynolds' move to revive the six-week abortion ban, which is before most pregnancies can be detected, is both dangerous to women’s health and cruel," said Sarah Stoesz, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood North Central States, in a statement Thursday.
"If she is successful, her move will cause harm to Iowans and their families, as we have seen occurring in states such as Texas where a similar ban has taken effect," Stoesz continued. "Governor Reynolds should let people live their own lives without coercion from the state, and should let doctors practice medicine in a manner that protects women’s health and lives."
Thursday's announcement also drew criticism from Rita Bettis Austen, the ACLU of Iowa's legal director.
"This is an outrageous and dangerous attack on Iowa women looking to take away practically all access to abortion in our state," Austen stated. "The law the Governor is seeking to 'revive' blocks abortions at about six weeks, a stage at which many people don't even know they're pregnant—so it's a nearly complete ban on abortion. We will continue to do everything in our power to stop attempts at banning abortion in Iowa."