JUDGE STRIKES DOWN IOWA 6-WEEK ABORTION BAN

The Daily Caller | 1/23/2019 | Staff
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A judge quashed a law Tuesday barring women from having abortions upon the presence of a fetal heartbeat, ruling the law is unconstitutional.

Judge Michael Huppert prohibited the state from enforcing its “Fetal Heartbeat Bill,” banning abortions upon the detection of a fetal heartbeat. A heartbeat typically manifests roughly six weeks into a pregnancy. The law provided exceptions for rape, incest, and fatal fetal abnormalities.

Law - Process - Protection - Provisions - Iowa

The law is contrary to “both the due process and equal protection provisions of the Iowa Constitution as not being narrowly tailored to serve the compelling state interest of promoting potential life,” Huppert ruled, according to Fox News.

Iowa first passed its “Fetal Heartbeat Bill” in May. The legislation also banned the sale of all fetal tissue in the state.

Huppert - Ruling - Anniversary - Roe - Wade

Huppert’s ruling fell on the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a decision that gave women the constitutional right to an abortion under the 14th Amendment. The ruling extended the right to abort up to the point of fetal “viability,” a...
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