One Election Away: Iowa Passes Six-Week Abortion Ban

As the Des Moines Register reports:

With a middle-of-the-night vote that followed hours of heated debate, Iowa Republicans have approved a measure that would ban most abortions in the state and give the state the strictest abortion law in the nation.

The move came in the final days of the legislative session, after mounting pressure from the Legislature’s most ardently anti-abortion corners to pass the so-called heartbeat bill before adjournment. It was accompanied by legislative threats and predictions — even hopes — the resulting law will be challenged in court.

Senate File 359, if signed into law, would ban nearly all abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. That can occur about six weeks into a pregnancy and often before a woman realizes she’s pregnant.

Iowa’s Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds hasn’t said for sure if she intends to sign the bill into law, but she campaigned for office as a pro-life conservative and the pressure on her to sign the bill is very intense. Passage of this legislation will of course provoke an immediate court challenge and in all probability an injunction against enforcement while that lawsuit takes place. That legal battle, all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, is exactly the point of this legislation–setting up a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade before the most conservative Supreme Court in decades.

Here in Colorado, the political press corps can scarcely be bothered to report on abortion bans and onerous restrictions like mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds introduced year after year by conservative Republicans in the state legislature. The presumption is that with Democrats in control of one chamber and the governor’s office, abortion ban bills “aren’t a story” since they stand no realistic chance of becoming law.

What’s happening in Iowa is a sobering reminder of how wrong that complacency is. The worst case scenario is never more than a single election away. If the Republicans in office in Colorado right now had the legislative majority they’re going to pitch Colorado voters to give them this fall, and a Republican governor like the one they want Colorado to elect, they would not hesitate to pass the bill Iowa’s legislature just passed.

And that is something every voter in Colorado needs to know.

6 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Davie says:

    Speaking of onerous restrictions — beware of this procedure in Colorado Springs (naturally since RWNJ Taliban legislators love to play doctor):

    At Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, technicians failed to follow manufacturer instructions for pre-cleaning vaginal probes, putting patients at risk of infection, inspectors found in May 2016.

  2. JeffcoBlue says:

    We have the worst political press of any competitive state. It's a travesty.

  3. spaceman65 says:

    Go ahead and enact it.  Just make sure the IA budget can cover the plaintiffs' attorney's fees when they inevitably win their constitutional challenge to it.

    • notaskinnycook says:

      yes. I guess there was too much money in the state's budget this year. Are they looking for a place to spend it? The awards for women unable to terminate a severely damaged pregnancy will run into the millions.

  4. notaskinnycook says:

    Deleting duplicate.

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