Iowa governor signs 'heartbeat' bill banning most abortions

Iowa set to ban abortions after six weeks

Iowa abortion bill hailed and assailed

The Republican governor signed the measure as abortion rights demonstrators chanting "My body, my choice!" protested the measure outside the state Capitol building in Des Moines.

Kim Reynolds hasn't stated if she plans to sign the bill.

The Iowa governor signed the bill recently passed by the state's legislature, which serves as the strictest abortion law in the nation.

The laws bans abortion in all circumstances after six weeks of being pregnant, which critics of the laws argue is earlier than most ladies are conscious they're pregnant.

"I understand that not everyone will agree with this decision", Reynolds said. It is the earliest abortion ban in the United States.

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However, the monthly bill wouldn't prohibit abortion following six weeks in all cases - some exemptions consist of examples of rape, incest, fetal abnormalities or even to conserve the mother's life, as stated by the bill.

Like numerous speakers, de Baca had a message for Reynolds and the Republicans who passed the law: "We will see you in court".

Kim Reynolds has signed into law an overhaul of Iowa's energy policies.

Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, praised the law, saying it "will not only save lives, it also reminds us that abortion stops a beating heart". "Instead, we will protect the fundamental right of Iowa women to control their bodies and their lives".

Babies' hearts begin beating in the womb about three weeks into pregnancy, and are usually heard by new parents at their first or second trip to the doctor. "However, this is bigger than just a law".

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"We will challenge this law with absolutely everything we have on behalf of our patients because Iowa will not go back", Suzanna de Baca, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, said in a statement.

These legal challenges could work their way up to the Supreme Court, setting up a showdown over Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that affirmed a woman's legal right to abortion until fetal viability.

Shumaker believes the near-total bans signal a strategic shift on the part of anti-abortion lawmakers, who have for years chipped away at abortion access through targeted regulation of abortion providers or "TRAP" laws. If one is detected, healthcare providers are barred from performing an abortion.

"We couldn't be more pleased", said Iowans for Life head Maggie DeWitte.

"This new unconstitutional law shows that Reynolds cares more about the extreme political special interests that fund her campaign than about the rights of women in our state".

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