Judge strikes down Iowa’s ‘fetal heartbeat’ law as unfairly restricting a woman’s right to abort baby

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An Iowa judge struck down a state law banning a woman from getting an abortion once the baby’s heartbeat is detected. (Pixabay)

An Iowa judge has cleared the way for women in that state to get abortions even after the fetus’ heartbeat is detected.

In his opinion, Judge Michael Huppert wrote that the “fetal heartbeat” law was unconstitutional and unfairly restricted a pregnant woman’s right to abort her baby.

Hupport said the “fetal heartbeat” law violated “both the due process and equal protection provisions of the Iowa Constitution as not being narrowly tailored to serve the compelling state interest of promoting potential life.”

Fetal heartbeats can be detected as early as six weeks during a pregnancy, making the Iowa law the most restrictive anti-abortion bill in the United States.

The lawsuit was a win for abortion providers Planned Parenthood. Iowa’s Republican governor, Kim Reynolds — who signed the bill into law in May 2018 — says she’s disappointed with the court’s decision, Fox News reported.

“I am incredibly disappointed in today’s court ruling, because I believe that if death is determined when a heart stops beating, then a beating heart indicates life,” said Governor Reynolds.

Iowa state congresswoman Sandy Salmon, who sponsored the bill, is outraged that the unborn child doesn’t get to defend himself.

“[The judge] didn’t even let it go to trial so that an unborn baby could be defended in court,” Salmon said.

Erin Davison-Rippey, the executive director of Planned Parenthood of Iowa, said the “fetal heartbeat” law had to be struck down because it was “egregious attempt to ban safe, legal abortions in Iowa.”

“Planned Parenthood will continue to stand up for Iowa women and fight back against the Legislature’s attacks on reproductive health. We will do all we can to make sure abortion continues to be safe and legal in our state — no matter what,” Davison-Rippey vowed.


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