Iowa's governor signed a bill that is now considered the most restrictive abortion law in the country.
Surrounding herself with small children to create an attractive photo op, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed SF 359 on Friday afternoon, imposing on Iowa the most severe abortion restrictions in the nation. Most pregnancies are detectable at around five or six weeks, Self notes.
State Senator Rick Bertrand (R-Iowa) said as much during a floor debate.
According to USA Today, the law will require all physicians to conduct an ultrasound on any person seeking an abortion in the state of Iowa; if a fetal heartbeat is detected, the physician would be prohibited from performing the procedure.
Certain changes, including exceptions to the ban for some victims of rape or incest, brought some lawmakers on board.
According to The New York Times, supporters of the bill have expressed hope that it would make its way to the Supreme Court where it could be used to challenge Roe v. Wade. "My Republican colleagues, this is the vote of your career", Republican Sen.
Iowa is just the latest battleground in the fight over access to abortions. The lawmakers believe the case would provide an opportunity for the conservative-leaning court to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Political opponents have already seized on the bill to attack Reynolds.
"I understand and I 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", said Reynolds while singing the bill, surrounded by children.
She added: "This law is not just about the women and families of Iowa, it's about all Americans having the right to decide if, when, and how to have a family. This is about life".
"We have stomped on women's rights to make their own healthcare decision, and in my opinion, it is being used as a bargaining chip to shut the place down", Representative Jo Oldson (D-Iowa) says. People will not stand for it, and we will not stand for it.
CBS reports that Planned Parenthood and the ACLU have promised to sue the state over the law. For example, a similar effort in OH failed in 2016 when Republican Gov. John Kasich vetoed the state's "heartbeat bill". "Banning abortion before most women even know they're pregnant, this law will undoubtedly be challenged by the courts like other unconstitutional abortion bans before it", NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement provided to Refinery29.