Pro-choice organizations and state leaders react to ruling on Fetal Heartbeat Law


    <p>The fetal heartbeat law was set to go into effect July 1st. It is undetermined if state leaders will seek to appeal the court's decision.{/p}

    On the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, an Iowa court grants a victory in women's reproductive rights.

    "We are very grateful that the district court agreed with us and overturned this unconstitutional abortion ban," said Erin Davison-Rippey, State Executive Director of Planned Parenthood.

    A nine-page ruling from the Polk County District court ruled Iowa's Fetal Heartbeat Law as unconstitutional, siding in favor of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the Emma Goldman Clinic in Iowa City.

    The Fetal Heartbeat Law was considered one of the nations most restrictive legislation on abortions.

    It banned physicians from performing an abortion on most women after six weeks of pregnancy.

    "It would've made most abortions in the state of Iowa virtually inaccessible," said Francine Thompson, Executive Director of the Emma Goldman Clinic.

    "Abortion is a fundamental right according to the Iowa Constitution, and is held to that high standard of strict scrutiny," said Davison-Rippey.

    Meanwhile, some state leaders, who helped Governor Kim Reynolds bring this law to the senate floor last spring are not celebrating.

    "It's a terrible decision, and they have refused to allow protection of the unborn to go forward, so it couldn't be any worse," said District 63 Representative Sandy Salmon.

    In response to the news Governor Reynolds said, “I am incredibly disappointed in today’s court ruling, because I believe that if death is determined when a heart stops beating, then a beating heart indicates life.”

    "Summary judgement means it's not going to go to trial, so they're not even gonna hear the side of the unborn baby," said Salmon.

    For now, pro-choice organizations said the news is some affirmation as to how far their fight has come.

    "We're really hoping that it puts Iowa elected officials on note that the right of individuals to choose is not their choice to make," said Thompson.

    The fetal heartbeat law was set to go into effect July 1st.

    It is undetermined if state leaders will seek to appeal the court's decision.

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