Gov. Kim Reynolds and 60 Iowa Lawmakers Say There’s No Right to Abortion

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Sep 8, 2021   |   5:43PM   |   Des Moines, Iowa

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and 60 state lawmakers are fighting in court to be allowed to protect unborn babies from abortions.

KCCI News 8 Des Moines reports Reynolds and the lawmakers filed a brief this week to the Iowa Supreme Court, urging it to overturn a 2018 ruling that found a “right” to abortion in the Iowa Constitution.

In June, Reynolds said the court was wrong to strike down “our efforts to protect all innocent human life.”

The case involves a 2020 Iowa law that ensures abortion facilities give women the opportunity to see their unborn babies on an ultrasound and hear their baby’s heartbeat at least 24 hours prior to the abortion. In addition, Iowa requires abortion facilities to provide women with information about abortion risks and resources available for parenting and adoption, and to confirm in writing that the women received it.

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit challenging the law as unconstitutional, and a judge ruled in their favor in June.

But Reynolds and state lawmakers want the Iowa Supreme Court to reverse its 2018 ruling upon which the judge’s decision was based, the AP reports. The brief included Reynolds as well as 22 state senators and 38 state House members.

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Pro-lifers in Iowa also are working to pass a state constitutional amendment to reverse the pro-abortion ruling and declare that there is no right to abortion or a taxpayer-funded abortion in Iowa. The amendment potentially could be on the ballot for voters’ approval in 2024, but it needs a second round of approval from the state legislature first.

There is more hope that the pro-life law will withstand a legal challenge. According to the Des Moines Register, Reynolds appointed four new justices to the seven-member Iowa Supreme Court, and only one current justice was appointed by a Democrat. The U.S. Supreme Court also has upheld informed consent requirements for abortion.

Informed consent laws protect unborn babies from abortion and hurt the abortion industry’s profits. Research indicates that when women see ultrasound images of their unborn babies, they are more likely to choose life. A 2017 study out of the University of California San Francisco also suggests that some women do change their minds about abortion as a result of informed consent laws.

A majority of states require a waiting period prior to an abortion and 35 require informed consent counseling, which typically includes facts about an unborn baby’s development, the risks of abortion and alternatives to abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute.