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16 May 2018, 03:56 | Erica Roy
Planned Parenthood supporters rally outside the Iowa Capitol Building Friday
The ACLU of Iowa and Planned Parenthood Federation of America are filing the lawsuit as co-counsel on behalf of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and Dr. Jill Meadows, an OB-GYN and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland medical director.
"Enough is enough. Gov. Kim Reynolds has no right to impose her beliefs on Iowa women".
Reproductive rights advocates on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in state court challenging an Iowa law they allege amounts to a total abortion ban, arguing the law violates the Iowa Constitution.
Shortly after the announcement of the lawsuit, Iowa's longtime attorney general said he would not defend the law.
"We've moved quickly to challenge this cruel and reckless law because it can not be allowed to take effect", Rita Bettis, legal director for the ACLU of Iowa, told a news conference. "In the 45 years since (Roe v. Wade), no federal or state court has upheld such a unsafe law".
A hearing on the temporary injunction is expected in the next few weeks.
"We knew there would be a legal fight, but it's a fight worth having to protect innocent life", Smith said in an email.
Tuesday, Republican Reynolds said the Thomas More Society, a faith-based legal organization based in Chicago, would represent her and the Iowa Board of Medicine as defendants at no cost to Iowa taxpayers.
Miller's office defended the state when Planned Parenthood sued over the 2017 law that mandated a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions.
The law contains certain ultrasound requirements, though Tuesday's lawsuit only challenges the heartbeat ban portion of the law. The evidence is clear that in places where abortion is banned or heavily restricted, some individuals desperate to end an unwanted pregnancy resort to unsafe methods.
The bill does not specify criminal or civil penalties for those breaking the law. The new legislation also bans the sale of all fetal tissue in the state.
"We think it's extreme and outrageous", said Francine Thompson, co-director of the Emma Goldman Clinic in Iowa City, the first outpatient abortion clinic in the state. Last week, she said when referring to the new law, "I have had very positive feedback". "We want politicians out of women's lives and out of the exam room".
Iowa is now in court defending a 2017 abortion law that imposes a 72-hour mandatory waiting period and an additional trip requirement for women seeking an abortion.
The ACLU of Iowa argues that if the court upholds the 72-hour wait period as well as the six-week ban, women will be placed in a unsafe position where they are forced to either carry an unwanted pregnancy to term, obtain an abortion in another state or self-induce an abortion.
The Iowa Supreme Court is expect to rule on that case in the near future.
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