Suit challenges Iowa abortion law

  • Suit challenges Iowa abortion law

Suit challenges Iowa abortion law

In a news release the Prinsburg Republican says he's following the lead of a neighboring state that has chosen to prioritize the right to life in writing a bill that would prohibit an abortion in Minnesota when a fetal heartbeat is detected. "Recently lawmakers in Iowa had the courage to pass a fetal heartbeat bill into law, and I have taken their language and adapted it so the proposal can work in Minnesota". Abortion-rights groups say that's a time when many women do not know they are pregnant.

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday sued to overturn the new law, which requires abortion providers to conduct a test to determine if a heartbeat is present. The lawsuit argues that the law violates the Iowa Constitution by banning almost all abortions and putting women's health at risk. The law is slated to take effect July 1.

The law is partially meant to serve as the starting point to a challenge of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, which established the constitutional right of women to get an abortion. So this isn't only an attack on abortion rights.

Although federal law already forbids the use of federal funding for abortions in most cases, Republicans have long insisted that money going to Planned Parenthood indirectly supports the procedure.

With midterm elections coming up this fall, GOP strategists think it might be wise to energize the party's social conservative base by borrowing a page from the Reagan playbook. GOP lawmakers in MS earlier this year passed a 15-week abortion ban.

A USA appeals court has refused to dismiss a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood over videos that a group says show employees of the organization illegally selling parts of aborted fetuses. Last year, they approved a 20-week abortion ban and required women to wait three days before they could have an abortion. The Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders, which includes Family Leader, put aside years of disagreement among the groups to help win passage of the 20-week ban and the six-week ban.

Iowa Republicans previous year also gave up millions in federal dollars to create a state-funded family planning program that prohibits participation from abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood.

Attorney General Tom Miller backed out from representing the Governor in the lawsuit due to personal objections to the law. The disqualification is based on the Attorney General's determination that he could not zealously assert the state's position because of his core belief that the statute, if upheld, would undermine rights and protections for women.

An email to a law firm representing the center was not immediately returned.

The plan is to stop any organization that receives funding under the birth-control dispensing Title X Family Planning Program from either promoting abortion or being an abortion referral agency. "It seems very uncharacteristic and extreme for an abortion ban of this magnitude to happen here". "That's the first and foremost priority", she said.