Iowa signed the most extreme abortion ban in the country, and protests outside the state capitol were so loud, you could hear them while the law was being signed.
Governor Kim Reynolds signed the bill on May 4, which bans abortions as early as 6 weeks of pregnancy, which is before some women even know they’re pregnant.
In 2016, only 9% of abortions in Iowa occurred before 6 weeks of pregnancy.
“This is the most restrictive ban on abortion in the entire country,” stated Planned Parenthood Director of Public Affairs Erin Davidson-Rippey. “And it is blatantly unconstitutional. It is dangerous legislation, and we are outraged that the Iowa Legislature would advance such horrible, horrible legislation.”
The bill is being called the “heartbeat” legislation because it bans abortion once a heartbeat is detected. It only offers exception for cases of rape and even those cases are only lawful within 45 days — 140 in the case of incest.
The bill passed in the State House on May 1st and the State Senate a day after. No Democrats voted for the bill. Governor Reynolds was also criticized for using children as a backdrop as she signed the bill. Now the ACLU and Planned Parenthood to “block the law from taking effect.”
CORRECTION: Erin's last name should be spelled Davison-Rippey. We regret the error.