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Iowa governor signs 20-week abortion ban amid legal challenge

06 May 2017

Republican lawmakers hugged each other in celebration as the law went into immediate effect.

Attorneys for Planned Parenthood and the ACLU argued the stay was needed because women who had existing appointments to obtain abortions were immediately restrained from getting them according to their scheduled appointments.

Not far away at the Iowa Judicial Building, paperwork was being filed by attorneys for Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union asking the state Supreme Court to reverse a decision a day earlier by Polk County Judge Jeffrey Farrell rejecting their request to halt implementation of the law until the matter can be decided at trial.

Iowa's law, Hammes said after the signing, marked a "return to a culture that once again respects human life".

The ACLU affiliate brought the lawsuit challenging the law with Planned Parenthood of the Heartland.

The Associated Press reports Alice Clapman, a lawyer for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, says 44 scheduled procedures will be made illegal when Branstad signs the bill.

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Planned Parenthood clinics also had 11 medication abortion patients scheduled for Tuesday and 28 for Wednesday, including 19 medication abortion patients.

The law, passed by Iowa's Republican-controlled House and Senate last month, bans abortions once a pregnancy reaches 20 weeks and stipulates a three-day waiting period before women can undergo any abortion. She said the state's mandate of a three-day, two-trip delay would be "irreversibly and severely" harmful for low-income clients and women facing abusive domestic situations.

This bill would make Iowa the sixth state to require a 72-hour waiting period, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights.

The new Iowa law helps to ensure that women receive information about the abortion and their unborn baby, as well as time to consider that information before making an irreversible decision about their baby's life. Gov. Branstad signed it into law at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Iowa Solicitor General Jeffrey Thompson argued on behalf of the state that "there is not a constitutional right to an abortion on demand".

Republicans claim the bill will prevent voter fraud, but Democrats says the new law will make it harder to vote.

Iowa governor signs 20-week abortion ban amid legal challenge