The “heartbeat bill” goes into effect on July 1
Women were dealt a painful blow in Iowa this past Friday. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill that bans abortions once the fetal heartbeat has been detected, which can be as little as six weeks.
So, yes, that means some women won’t even know that they’re pregnant before being forced to make a decision that might not be their own.
Here’s what you need to know about this new law, which has been dubbed the “heartbeat bill.” It will be put into action on July 1, and only provides three exceptions to its rule. If a woman’s life is in danger, she can have an abortion. Also, if a woman is raped or the baby is the product of incest she can choose to have an abortion — but only if the rape is reported within 45 days, and the incest is reported within 140 days.
Yup, they’re literally putting an expiration date on dealing with trauma.
BREAKING: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signs into law the strictest abortion regulation in the nation. https://t.co/95xxIxCvSZ
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 4, 2018
There’s a good chance that this law will be challenged — which could be exactly what GOP lawmakers want. If this bill is turned into a case for the Supreme Court, conservatives make up the majority. This could lead to a complete overhaul of abortion rights.
“We created an opportunity to take a run at Roe v. Wade – 100 percent,” Republican state Senator Rick Bertrand told Reuters. Reynolds added in a statement: “I understand and anticipate that this will likely be challenged in court. This is bigger than just a law, this is about life, and I’m not going to back down.”
Luckily, similar “heartbeat bills” from North Dakota and Arkansas were struck down and declared unconstitutional by the federal appeals court. That being said, many people are still — understandably — pretty scared and upset. Those in the pro-choice camp took to Twitter to slam the new bill.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a ridiculous abortion ban today known as the “heartbeat bill", banning abortion for women just 6 weeks pregnant.
The embryo is the size of a pea at this stage of pregnancy. Why is a pea-sized embryo more important than kids who are killed by AR-15s?
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) May 4, 2018
Iowa governor Kim Reynolds may not consider a woman's body her choice, but I sure as hell do, so ladies, if you live in Iowa and need access to a safe abortion for whatever reason, DM me. I'll drive your ass across the goddamn state line myself.
— April Michelle (@AprilMichelle0_) May 4, 2018
Iowa fucked up. A woman has the right to decide.
— Voice of Reason (@AmericanVoR) May 5, 2018
This is an unconstitutional travesty. There is no basis in medical science for this bill, and is a defacto ban on abortion. https://t.co/g4rmmfIVC3
— Dr. Daniel Grossman (@DrDGrossman) May 4, 2018
The ACLU and Planned Parenthood are suing over the bill. “We will challenge this law with absolutely everything we have on behalf of our patients because Iowa will not go back,” Suzanna de Baca, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, noted in a statement.
BREAKING: Iowa's governor just signed one of the most extreme abortion restrictions in the entire country, banning nearly all abortions in the state.
We will be suing with @PPact to block the law from taking effect.
— ACLU (@ACLU) May 4, 2018
Hopefully, this all ends swiftly, efficiently, and in the favor of women who deserve the right to decide what happens to their body and their future.