Iowa passes 'fetal heartbeat' abortion ban, most restrictive in US

Iowa set to ban abortions after six weeks

The bill is now led to Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, that introduced Friday she'll signal the measure.

The Iowa branches of Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union were planning to sue Reynolds if she signs the bill into law, saying it is unconstitutional.

The bill passed early on the morning of May 2 in the Senate on a 29-17 vote and in the 51-46 vote in the House. Most pregnancies exhibit a heartbeat for the baby as early as six weeks.

"I understand and anticipate that this will likely be challenged in court, and that courts may even put a hold on the law until it reaches the Supreme Court", Reynolds said in a statement.

Republican state Rep. Steven Holt noted that he did "not agree with the exemptions in the amendment, for I believe that all unborn lives matter and that all unborn lives should be protected". Once commissioned, the legislation will probably arguably become among their most restrictive abortion legislation in the nation.

"The ACLU of Iowa, along with Planned Parenthood, will not let this risky, unconstitutional law stand", said ACLU's Mark Stringer.

The legislation does make some exceptions for pregnancies conceived through rape or incest, as well as fetal abnormality, or if a doctor determines that a woman's life is in danger. The right to control your own entire body involves the right to acquire safe, legal abortion. "This is bigger than just a law".

Suzanna de Baca, president of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, told a few hundred people at the Iowa Fights Back rally that the fight reproductive rights is "all of our fight". For me, it is immoral to stop an innocent beating heart. "I'm not going to back down from who I am or what I believe in".

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.

They said they were pleased the Legislature took action to "stop any trafficking in fetal body parts" and said they support "the life-affirming intent of the provision to stop abortions after a heartbeat can be detected".

Kim Reynolds speaks during a news conference as acting Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, left, looks on during the opening day of the Iowa Legislature at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa.

"We thank Iowa for recognizing that every life is a gift and that personhood has inherent dignity from the moment of conception", Mancini added.

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