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IOWA SUPREME COURT RULES 24 HOUR WAITING PERIOD FOR ABORTION IS LEGAL

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THE IOWA SUPREME COURT HAS OVERTURNED ITS PREVIOUS RULING ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO ABORTION.

THE SUPREME COURT REVERSED ITS 2018 RULING THAT THE IOWA CONSTITUTION CREATES A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO AN ABORTION.

THIS RULING CAME AFTER THE SUPREME COURT REVIEWED THE 24-HOUR WAITING PERIOD FOR ABORTION THAT WAS PASSED IN 2020.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD SAID THE LAW WAS NOT LEGAL UNDER THE 2018 COURT RULING, BUT THE SUPREME COURT DISAGREED.

THE RULING SAYS THE IOWA CONSTITUTION IS SILENT ON THE SPECIFIC TERMS ABORTION AND PREGNANCY.

THE HIGH COURT SAYS THERE IS NO SUPPORT FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S READING THAT THE DUE PROCESS CLAUSE OF THE CONSITUTION PROVIDES A FUNDAMENTAL PROTECTION FOR ABORTION.

Updated 3:29 p.m. 6/17/22

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THE IOWA SUPREME COURT HAS REVERSED A 2018 RULING INVOLVING THE 24-HOUR WAITING PERIOD FOR AN ABORTION THAT WAS PASSED IN 2020 BUT STRUCK DOWN BY A LOWER COURT LAST YEAR.

THAT RULING LAST YEAR WAS BASED ON A 2018 STATE SUPREME COURT OPINION THAT STATED IOWA’S CONSTITUTION GUARANTEES THE RIGHT TO AN ABORTION.

THAT HAS KEPT THE LEGISLATURE FROM ENACTING ANY RESTRICTIONS ON ABORTION.

GOVERNOR KIM REYNOLDS RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING QUOTE ” THE RULING IS A SIGNIFICANT VICTORY IN OUR FIGHT TO PROTECT THE UNBORN. THE IOWA SUPREME COURT REVERSED ITS EARLIER 2018 DECISION, WHICH MADE IOWA THE MOST ABORTION-FRIENDLY STATE IN THE COUNTRY. EVERY LIFE IS SACRED AND SHOULD BE PROTECTED, AND AS LONG AS I AM GOVERNOR THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I WILL DO.”

HOUSE SPEAKER PAT GRASSLEY SAYS THE DECISION ON THE PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF THE HEARTLAND VS. REYNOLDS CASE IS A POSITIVE STEP IN OUR FIGHT TO PROTECT THE UNBORN.

SPEAKER GRASSLEY SAYS IOWANS CAN BE ASSURED THAT IOWA HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE STRONGLY PRO-LIFE AND REMAIN COMMITTED TO PROTECTING THE UNBORN AND PROVIDING ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR NEW MOTHERS.”

REYNOLDS HAS APPOINTED A MAJORITY OF THE JUSTICES ON THE STATE’S HIGH COURT SINCE THE 2018 OPINION.