Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
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Nation's most restrictive abortion law challenged in Iowa

Nation's most restrictive abortion law challenged in Iowa

"This abortion ban is beyond extreme", she said, reports the Sioux City Journal.

They've shut down Planned Parenthood health centers, that served about 12,000 women in the state of Iowa. That's a tactical move to try to avoid having this case heard in federal courts, where it might wind up as a test case to overturn Roe v Wade.

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.

And Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa have sued to block Iowa from implementing the harshest anti-abortion law in the nation.

However, since the case of abortionist and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell, whose "house of horrors" drew attention to the potential for a lack of safety and sanitary conditions in many abortion clinics, pro-abortion groups' defense of a woman's right to "safe and legal abortion" has received considerable scrutiny.

These would bar groups that get family planning dollars under the Title X Family Planning Program, which funds organizations providing services such as birth control to low-income individuals, from promoting abortion or referring patients for the procedure. It seeks an injunction that would put the law's July 1 implementation on hold during the lawsuit.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, center, claps after signing a six-week abortion ban bill into law during a ceremony in her formal office, May 4, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa. This is about life.

Democrats, who say the changes would restrict access to reproductive health care, are trying to push back hard against the efforts. "It's long overdue that America looked at the evidence and recognized that the little child in her mother's womb ... she's a baby".

Attorney General Tom Miller backed out from representing the Governor in the lawsuit due to personal objections to the law.

In a statement sent to Breitbart News, Martin Cannon, Thomas More Society Special Counsel, said his organization is "honored to be called upon to defend life".

"That law was less restrictive than this law that was passed so I think the plaintiffs feel very good that the Iowa Supreme Court would allow this bill if they wouldn't allow the telemedicine abortion ban", attorney Thomas Bullock said.

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