Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Iowa AG refuses to defend state abortion ban

Iowa AG refuses to defend state abortion ban

Less than two weeks after Iowa adopted a law banning most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU of Iowa have filed suit, seeking to prevent the law from taking effect.

The lawsuit was filed in Polk County District Court by attorneys with the ACLU of Iowa and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America on behalf of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Dr. Jill Meadows and the Emma Goldman Clinic of Iowa City.

The Iowa law is slated to take effect July 1st.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) said after signing the bill on Saturday that the "work is not done" when it comes to restricting abortions in the state.

Abortion opponents hope such a lawsuit could bring the divisive abortion issue back before the U.S. Supreme Court in the belief that the 5-4 conservative majority could curtail abortion access or ban it outright.

Exceptions include cases of medical necessity in a physician's judgment, rape that is reported within 45 days, incest reported within 140 days, or where a physician certifies a fetal abnormality that is "incompatible with life".

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The groups claim that the law is a direct violation of the Supreme Court's decision upholding abortion rights in Roe v. Wade.

"Not only is this law blatantly unconstitutional - it's extremely harmful to women", Planned Parenthood said in a statement about the lawsuit.

When she signed the bill into law, Reynolds acknowledged that it would likely start a court battle. This is about life.

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller has announced that he would not defend the law because he says it would undermine rights and protections for women. Proponents of the bill in Iowa's legislature have sought to use the bill spark a legal challenge to the 1973 ruling.

A law passed in Iowa past year that requires a minimum 72-hour waiting period before getting an abortion is now blocked while the Iowa Supreme Court decides whether to strike it down.

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