Judge Pauses Iowa Abortion Rule

(TargetDailyNews.com) – An Iowa judge blocked new abortion rules and set the stage for a legal battle resembling several currently raging across the US. The court barred the law from taking effect only days after Republican Governor Kim Reynolds signed legislation prohibiting abortion after six weeks gestation. Judge Joseph Seidlin said he would take the matter under advisement and assess the law’s constitutionality.

Governor Reynolds expressed outrage at the decision and said, “The abortion industry’s attempt to thwart the will of Iowans and the voices of their elected representatives continues today.” She vowed to take the matter to the State Supreme Court.

The judge issued the ruling in response to a legal filing by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, the Emma Goldman Clinic, and the ACLU of Iowa. A previous objection, filed by the same parties, was victorious in 2018 when lawmakers in the Hawkeye State passed nearly identical legislation. Now that Roe v Wade has been overturned, experts say, the laws will probably take effect on this occasion.

The court’s decision is likely to lead to a long and protracted legal battle – one of many taking place across America. Courts have blocked legislation in Florida, signed by Governor Ron DeSantis, to ban abortion after six weeks, and the same occurred in Georgia, South Carolina, and Wyoming.

Research suggests that Americans’ views on abortion are not necessarily reflected on either side of the debate. Extensive polling by Pew reveals a complex picture and finds that Americans largely favor restrictions but reject outright prohibition. A significant majority believe that abortion should be legal when the mother’s life is in danger (73%) and when the pregnancy results from rape (69%). A majority of 53% say it should be allowed if the baby is likely to be born with severe disabilities. Overall, 61% say abortion should be legal in most or all cases, whereas 37% say it should be illegal in most or all cases.

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