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ADF asks court to allow Iowa's fetal heartbeat law to take effect

ADF attorneys represent Gov. Reynolds in brief filed in Iowa district court

Thursday, Aug 11, 2022

DES MOINES, Iowa – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing Gov. Kim Reynolds filed a brief Thursday asking an Iowa district court to lift its 2019 injunction against enforcement of the state’s fetal heartbeat law. The law was enacted to protect innocent, unborn life by prohib­iting elective abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

In the brief filed in the Iowa District Court for Polk County, ADF attorneys explain that the Iowa Supreme Court’s recent decision overturning its 2018 opinion that had found a state constitutional right to an abortion and the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey have changed the law so significantly that the court should now lift its previous injunction and allow the fetal heartbeat law to take effect.

“States like Iowa can now affirm that life is a human right and ensure women have real support when faced with a pregnancy,” said ADF Senior Counsel Denise Harle, director of the ADF Center for Life. “We’re pleased to work alongside Gov. Reynolds to help defend Iowa’s fetal heartbeat law as we continue our crucial efforts promoting life-affirming laws for mothers and children.”

The brief in support of the motion to dissolve the permanent injunction was filed in the case Planned Parenthood of the Heartland v. Reynolds. Iowa’s fetal heartbeat law contains exceptions for medical emergencies, including threats to the mother’s life and serious risk of bodily harm, and for cases of rape, incest, and fetal abnormality.

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