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Planned Parenthood, ACLU Sue Iowa Over 'Cruel' 6-Week Abortion Ban

16 May 2018, 08:59 | Cesar Cruz

Former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards was Saturday’s keynote speaker for The Sage Colleges commencement

Former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards was Saturday’s keynote speaker for The Sage Colleges commencement

Critics of the bill argued it was poorly written with vague language creating uncertainty for doctors and would not pass constitutional muster - and, further, that it was offered only as a way to get the abortion issue back before the U.S. Supreme Court with the goal of overturning Roe v. Wade.

Iowa's so-called heartbeat ban (SF 359) prohibits doctors from performing abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks' gestation and often before many people even know they are pregnant. When it became clear Republicans would win Statehouse control, Hurley said he immediately worked the room to talk about abortion legislation.

Miller's office defended the state when Planned Parenthood sued over the 2017 law that mandated a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions. GOP lawmakers in MS earlier this year passed a 15-week abortion ban. The Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders, which includes Family Leader, put aside years of disagreement among the groups to help win passage of the 20-week ban and the six-week ban.

"This law must not go into effect", said Dr. Jill Meadows, M.D., co-plaintiff and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Medical Director.

In a letter, Solicitor General Jeffrey Thompson said that Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller's decision to disqualify himself "is based on the Attorney General's determination that he could not zealously assert the state's position because of his core belief that the statute, if upheld, would undermine rights and protections for women".

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Iowa Republicans a year ago also gave up millions in federal dollars to create a state-funded family planning program that prohibits participation from abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood.

Gov. Reynolds' spokesperson Brenna Smith said the state will be represented by the Thomas More Society "at no cost to taxpayers". The firm had no immediate comment. "With it, Iowa politicians have tried to ban virtually all abortions for women in our state".

"Today, we're fighting back in court for every person's individual rights and freedoms, which go to the heart of who we are as a country", Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement.

Governor Reynolds said in a statement when she signed the bill, "I believe that all innocent life is precious and sacred, and as governor, I pledged to do everything in my power to protect it".

The lawsuit also names the Iowa Board of Medicine as a defendant. Reynolds signed Iowa's ban earlier this month and said at a public event in Davenport that she felt "very confident in moving forward with it". "That's the first and foremost priority", she said.



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