Iowa governor says she'll sign 6-week abortion ban into law


Reynolds signed the bill Friday, marking a change in how much natural gas and electric companies must spend on energy efficiency programs.

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. "This is bigger than just a law". This is about life.

"I believe that all innocent life is precious and sacred, and as governor, I pledged to do everything in my power to protect it".

Chants from protesters were audible in the room where Reynolds signed the bill, in a ceremony that was broadcast live.

Considered the most restrictive in the country, critics say the so-called "fetal heartbeat" law will deny abortions to many women before they even know they are pregnant - with an exception for victims of rape or incest.

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.

Reynolds anticipated the legal challenge that the bill's supporters hope will lead to the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion legal.

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This year, MS passed a law banning abortion after 15 weeks, except in the case of medical emergencies or fetal abnormality but not including rape or incest.

The Iowa affiliates of Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union warned earlier Friday at a rally that they would sue Reynolds if she signed the bill.

The law will go into effect on July 1, unless the courts block the bill.

"This bill is an additional example of state politicians, according to the Trump-Pence government, adhering to policy following policy that strip out men and women's freedoms and availability of maintenance".

"The bold pro-life action taken by the Iowa legislature reflects growing national pro-life sentiment and restlessness under the extreme status quo imposed by Roe v. Wade", Ms. Dannenfelser said in a statement. Reynolds acknowledged that there would be a court challenge.

"We thank Iowa for recognizing that every life is a gift and that personhood has inherent dignity from the moment of conception", Mancini added. It additionally stated passage and enactment of the measure has set the state up for a protracted authorized struggle. The new law will ban abortions after the first heartbeat is detected - around the sixth week of gestation, roughly.