Gov. Reynolds signs 6-week abortion ban into law

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If it comes into effect, the law will ban most terminations after six weeks of pregnancy, a move which women's rights groups say will be the country's most restrictive abortion law.

Governor Kim Reynolds says she's waiting to receive the official copy of legislation that supporters say will place Iowa at "ground zero" in the national debate over abortion.

Ms. Reynolds said courts "may even put a hold on the law until it reaches the Supreme Court". It would also be odd, she noted, for Linda Upmeyer, the House Speaker, to go to the effort of securing the votes for the measure to pass if Ms Reynolds had no intention of signing it. The lawmakers make an exception for cases of rape and incest, but only if the woman reported the rape within 45 days, and the incest within 140 days. Another provision prohibits some uses of fetal tissue, with exemptions for research.

There had been little doubt that Reynolds, who describes herself as "100 percent pro-life", would sign the bill.

"Let's be clear about what this bill really is - it's an extreme and draconian policy that takes aim at a woman's right to control her own body, life, and future", Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement.

The bill passed early on the morning of May 2 in the Senate on a 29-17 vote and in the 51-46 vote in the House. That court reluctantly struck down comparable 2013 North Dakota and Arkansas laws, citing Supreme Court precedent; the high court then declined to hear appeals of those cases.

At the time, Kasich said he believes signing into law a heartbeat ban would be unwise strategically.

The legislation would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is around six weeks of pregnancy.

Iowa's pro-life, conservative legislators aren't just thinking locally, however. But Senate File 359, or the "heartbeat bill", ups the ante. Allard said lawmakers need to support social services that help children beyond birth and into adulthood.

"They use the term "rape" in the legislation, and all other places that refer to rape and other inappropriate sexual behavior call it 'sexual assault, '" Smith said.

"The two judiciary bills have been done, administration and regulations budget, the Rebuild Iowa infrastructure budget passed (Wednesday) night", Fisher said.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland officials are still calling on the governor to veto the bill, which has received worldwide attention.

CBS reports that Planned Parenthood and the ACLU have promised to sue the state over the law.

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