When Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the bill, many advocacy groups objected and filed a lawsuit, prompting a judge to temporarily halt the law until a final decision is made. They have, however, assigned authority to the Board of Medicine to develop guidelines for punishing violators.
The bill originally prevented abortion starting at 6-weeks of pregnancy, and when cardiac activity was detected. However, advocacy groups argued it deprived people of their reproductive freedom.
Additionally, they mentioned some women wouldn’t even realize they were pregnant. Although there were exceptions, they were still unsatisfied once the bill passed – prompting a suit and Judge Joseph Seidlin making a decision to halt it.
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The Varying Responses
Gov. Kim Reynolds expressed disappointment in the matter, mentioning that she’ll keep fighting even when the abortion industry thwarts their efforts. She says that more innocent lives will be lost because of this decision.
Seidlin gave authority to the Iowa Board of Medicine to pre-create punishments in case the ruling is overruled stating it would benefit all involved. He notes this could prompt them to revisit the undue burden standard, which has been used in some cases to states restricting abortion.
He says that they’ll await the Supreme Court’s decision, as their decision is “judicial activism” – when a rule is made based on the judge’s point of view. The final decision made will ultimately be up to the Supreme Court.
The leaders of the advocacy groups were satisfied with the state court’s decision. President and CEO Ruth Richardson expressed satisfaction knowing Iowans will still have access to abortion care and maintain their reproductive rights.
He adds they are accomplished in being able to provide adequate care to their patients. Richardson says they’ll still continue their goal to oppose the abortion ban, to preserve the Iowans’ rights to have control of their bodies.