The Iowa Cardiac Rhythm Act, the most restrictive abortion banship in the United States, was declared unconstitutional on Tuesday as it violates the Iowa Constitution, a state judge ruled. May 2018, prohibiting the procedure after a heartbeat is detected, often six weeks and before a woman learns she is pregnant.
In a ruling published on the internet, District Court Judge Michael Hypert writes: "It is undeniable that such a heartbeat activity is noticeable long before the fruit becomes viable.
The fruit that is viable outside the womb, usually at 24 weeks, is widely considered a threshold in the United States to ban abortion.
The district court decision is a victory for abortion proponents, but abortion opponents have pledged to fight Iowa Courts of Appeal, De Moine registers and other media.
The aim is to challenge Rowe vs. Wade, the US Supreme Court decision of 1
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Iowa State Attorney Janet Petersen of De Moine, the Democratic leader of the Iowa Senate, praised the decision.
"The final law had to be abolished because it restricted the freedom of women and girls in Iowa to take care of them. for their carcasses, and that forced them to be motherhood, "she told the Registry. "The governor and legislative Republicans must stop attacking health care for women."
Supporters of the law expect a long trial of fighting.
The ultimate goal, abortion opponents have said in several media, is to get the case before the US Supreme Court, which became more conservative with President Donald Trump
When the first Iowa law was passed, the senator of the Republican State of Rick Bernard of Sioux City told Reuters: "We have created an opportunity to run at Rowe vs. Wade."