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Gov Reynolds Says Banning Abortions in Iowa Requires ‘Complex’ Set of Moves

FILE - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds delivers her Condition of the State address before a joint session of the Iowa Legislature, on Jan. 11, 2022, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. Reynolds is introducing herself to the nation by delivering the Republican response to President Joe Biden's State of the Union address. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

DES MOINES, IA (Radio Iowa) Governor Kim Reynolds says the U.S. Supreme Court is on the brink of overturning Roe v Wade, the ruling that legalized abortion — but she says banning the procedure in Iowa requires a complex set of moves.

“There’s never been a more important moment in the history of the pro-life movement,” Reynolds said. “Decades of organizing, voting and above all praying are paying off.” The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling this summer on a Mississippi law that bars abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Reynolds cautions Iowa cannot adopt a similar law here under current conditions. Reynolds has appointed a majority of the Iowa Supreme Court’s justices. She’s asking the court to overturn a 2018 ruling that said women have a right to an abortion under IOWA’s constriction. Reynolds also is backing a proposed constitutional amendment that says the state’s constitution does not guarantee abortion rights.

“As a movement we’re closer than ever to one of our foremost goals,” Reynolds says. “…I won’t rest until our laws and our society recognize that all people, no matter how small, are entitled to the right to life.” Reynolds made her comments during a rally in the statehouse rotunda. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Iowa says there’s a long fight ahead to keep abortion rights in Iowa. The group says if Reynolds is reelected in November, there is a very real possibility abortion will be outlawed in a few short years.

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