July 18, 2023

Judge Blocks Newly Signed Iowa Six-Week Abortion Ban

A new law to stop abortions in Iowa after six weeks has been temporarily blocked by a judge.

The law, signed Friday by Gov. Kim Reynolds (R), joined other conservative states as one of the strongest in the nation.

"The Republican-led legislature passed the measure last week in an all-day special session called by Reynolds to move forward a ban on abortion after the detection of fetal cardiac activity, which is typically at approximately six weeks' gestation," the Washington Examiner reported.

"Judge Joseph Seidlin heard the case for an emergency injunction on Friday on behalf of Planned Parenthood North Central States and the Emma Goldman Clinic," it added.

“The court will grant the temporary injunction requested here. In doing so, it recognizes that there are good, honorable and intelligent people — morally, politically and legally — on both sides of this upsetting societal and constitutional dilemma,” Seidlin wrote.

“Patience and perseverance are also hallmark traits on both sides, traits that continue to deserve respect," he added.

The temporary ruling could lead to the continued practice of hundreds of additional abortions in Iowa while the case is pending.

The Iowa legislature, representing the people of the state, voted to approve the measure signed by the governor.

The court now has opposed the will of voters in a legal effort by abortion providers that now makes the process even more difficult to limit abortions in Iowa.

The battle follows a string of legal challenges to new abortion limitations in several states over the last year following the Supreme Court's ruling to return abortion laws to states which led to a renewed focus on the issue.

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