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Iowa Governor Seeks to Overturn 2018 Ruling Upholding Iowa Abortion Rights

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds delivers her Condition of the State address before a joint session of the Iowa Legislature, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)

(Radio Iowa) Governor Kim Reynolds is asking the Iowa Supreme Court to overturn a 2018 ruling that said Iowa women have a fundamental right to an abortion.

Reynolds calls the court’s 2018 ruling one of the most liberal abortion decisions in the country. A DISTRICT court judge recently cited that 2018 Iowa SUPREME Court ruling as he struck down a law Reynolds signed in 2020 that would have required a waiting period for abortions. The state is appealing the district court’s ruling. A legal brief filed August 24th argues U.S. case law on abortion is based on the federal constitution and the court’s 2018 ruling was “the definition of erratic.” The court ruled that under Iowa’s constituion, women have a right to an abortion in Iowa. The make-up of the court has changed since that 2018 decision, though. Governor Reynolds has appointed four of the seven justices serving on the Iowa Supreme Court today.

Senate Democratic Leader Zach Wahls (like “walls”) says it’s time for Iowans to make their voices heard in opposition to extreme abortion laws, like a new Texas law banning abortions after the sixth week of a pregnancy. The Texas law gives its citizens the right to sue anyone they think is violating the law. Earlier this week, the Associated Press reported 60 Republican members of the IOWA legislature have signed onto a brief that asked Iowa’s Supreme Court to overturn its 2018 ruling that upheld abortion rights.


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