Iowa approves ‘most restrictive abortion bill in US’
The US state of Iowa has approved an abortion law banning most abortions once a foetal heartbeat is detected.
Republican lawmakers passed the bill canada goose black friday sale in back to back Canada Goose Outlet votes, sending it to the governor’s desk to sign into law.
If it official canada goose outlet comes into canadian goose jacket effect the bill will ban canada goose uk outlet most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, and rights groups say it will be the country’s most restrictive.
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Last year, Iowa Republicans successfully banned abortions after 20 weeks canada goose outlet canada cheap canada goose uk of pregnancy.
The past and future of US abortion debateWhat new restrictions have been approved?The so called “heartbeat” bill would require canada goose any woman seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound to screen for a foetal heartbeat. If one is detected, she will be barred from obtaining a termination.
“We’re in the majority for a reason and that includes advancing the pro life cause,” Republican Representative Shannon Lundgren told the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier.
“We are Discount Goose alive when our hearts start beating and our life is over when it stops,” Dawn Pettengil, canada goose outlet online another Canada Goose Parka Republican Representative from Iowa, told CBS News.
What canada goose factory outlet do opponents say?Democratic Representative Beth Wessel Kroeschell canada buy canada goose jacket goose jacket outlet spoke against the legislation on the floor of Canada Goose Coats On Sale the Iowa House of Representatives on Tuesday.
“All women, regardless of age, income or race, should be able to obtain canada goose outlet jackets reproductive health services, including canada goose factory sale abortion, free from political and economic barriers,” Ms Wessel Kroeschell said.
Iowa’s Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union groups have also spoken out against the bill.
“These extreme attempts to ban abortion fly in the face of both medical and legal standards, as well as common sense and public opinion among Iowans,” canada goose coats said Erin Davison Rippey, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s director canada goose outlet in usa of public affairs in an canada goose outlet uk online statement released in February, when the bill was first introduced.
“So called ‘heartbeat protection’ bills are actually bans on safe, legal abortion, and goose outlet canada they threaten to set reproductive rights back by decades.”
Elizabeth Canada Goose online Nash, of the sexual canada goose store and reproductive health policy group the Guttmacher Institute, told the BBC this was canada goose outlet shop “the most restrictive abortion ban in the country”.
She and Iowa Democrats have suggested canada goose outlet parka the bill is canada goose outlet online uk intentionally unconstitutional.
If Ms Reynolds buy canada goose jacket cheap signs the bill into law, it will likely be challenged canada goose outlet store in Canada Goose Online court for canada goose coats on sale canada goose outlet sale possibly violating Roe v Wade, the US Supreme Court ruling that legalised abortion in 1973.
The ruling canada goose uk black friday states some women have a Canada Goose sale right to terminate pregnancies until a foetus canada goose uk shop is viable.
Isn’t that a problem for the bill’s supporters?No, in fact some Republican lawmakers welcomed canada goose outlet new york city the challenge.
“I canada goose clearance would love for the United States Supreme Court to look at this bill and have this as a vehicle to overturn Roe v. Wade,” Republican Senator Jake Chapman cheap Canada Goose said.
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A string of US states have enacted abortion bans canada goose outlet black friday or stringent restrictions over recent decades only to have them overturned by the courts, prompting some conservatives to take aim at the landmark ruling.
“We created an opportunity to https://www.cagooseclearance.com take a run at Roe v Wade,” Republican state Senator Rick Bertrand acknowledged.
How US abortion debate got to this pointIowa is among a number of states, including Mississippi and Kentucky, that have triggered court challenges by imposing tight restrictions on abortion.
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