Gov. Reynolds signs legislation banning abortions after a heartbeat is detected

Gov. Reynolds signing legislation that essentially bans abortions in Iowa. If a doctor is able to detect a heartbeat of a child in a pregnant mother, an abortion can not take place. (Caroline Cummings, CBS2/FOX28)

Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the United States on Friday.

Reynolds signed a bill banning abortions after a heartbeat can be detected, usually around six weeks. The bill provides exceptions for some victims of rape or incest.

Under these exceptions, the woman would have to report the rape to law enforcement, a health agency or physician within 45 days. The timeline for reporting a case of incest is 140 days.

The legislation will almost certainly face a legal challenge. Iowa affiliates of the ACLU and Planned Parenthood said they will sue Reynolds if she signed the bill.

Similar legislation in North Dakota and Arkansas was shot down by the courts, the North Dakota legislation by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, under which Iowa falls.

The law will go into effect on July 1 if it is not stopped by the courts.

Last year, legislation banning abortions after 20 weeks was signed into law in Iowa.

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