Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has called for a special session of the state legislature in order to implement a six-week abortion ban, aimed at strengthening protection for unborn babies. This move comes after the Iowa Supreme Court was unable to come to a decision regarding the enforceability of the state’s existing six-week ban, which had been blocked by a lower court judge. The proposed legislation would prohibit abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, typically occurring around the six-week mark of pregnancy. At present, abortion is legal in Iowa until the 20-week mark.
The measure is expected to pass both the state House and Senate, both of which are controlled by Republicans. Governor Reynolds has scheduled a marathon one-day special session with the sole purpose of implementing this protection measure, and once she signs the bill, it will take immediate effect. In a statement, Reynolds emphasized that Iowans deserve prompt action on the issue of abortion, and that all unborn children deserve protection from the government.
The approval of this ban would be a significant victory for pro-life advocates in the Midwest, as neighboring states such as Missouri, South Dakota, and Wisconsin have already implemented restrictions on abortion. However, there are legal challenges against Wisconsin’s ban currently underway. In an official statement, Governor Reynolds strongly condemned abortion, highlighting the inhumanity associated with it, and reaffirmed the commitment of Iowa lawmakers to ensure legal protection for the unborn.
The legislation being considered in the special session closely resembles a previous measure signed into law by Reynolds in 2018. That law aimed to strengthen protections for the unborn by reducing the state’s 20-week ban to when a fetal heartbeat was detected, which is around six weeks. At the time, Reynolds stated that if death is determined when a heart stops beating, then a beating heart indicates life, and therefore, it is immoral to stop an innocent beating heart.
However, the 2018 ban was never enforced, as several pro-abortion organizations filed lawsuits seeking to block the law. In 2019, a district court ruled the six-week abortion ban unconstitutional based on state and federal laws, citing the continued validity of Roe v. Wade. The state did not challenge this ruling. After the overturning of Roe v. Wade last year, Governor Reynolds attempted to reinstate the ban but faced opposition from a district court judge. Her subsequent appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court resulted in a deadlock, maintaining the lower court’s decision.
Opponents of the legislation argue that the six-week timeframe prohibits abortions before many women even realize they are pregnant. Nonetheless, Governor Reynolds has remained steadfast in her commitment to protecting the unborn. In a speech earlier this year, she stated that she has fought hard in the courts to ensure that the legislative body can carry out its duty to protect the unborn. Reynolds has noted that Iowans have voted for representatives who will stand up for the rights of the unborn, expressing strong support for pro-life principles and opposition to the arbitrary destruction of innocent, defenseless lives.
In conclusion, Governor Kim Reynolds has called for a special session of the Iowa state legislature to implement a six-week abortion ban, aiming to strengthen protection for unborn babies. The proposed legislation, which would prohibit abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, is expected to pass both the state House and Senate. Reynolds has reiterated her commitment to protecting the unborn and to fulfilling the will of the Iowan people, who have shown overwhelming support for pro-life principles.