By KCRG-TV9 Staff |
Posted: Tue 10:10 PM, May 15, 2018 |
Updated: Wed 12:33 AM, May 16, 2018
DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) — Two pro-choice groups are suing to stop Iowa’s new abortion restriction.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa say the law is unconstitutional.
Governor Kim Reynolds signed the so-called ‘fetal heartbeat bill’ into law earlier this month. The law bans most abortions in the state, making it the strictest abortion ban in the country.
The lawsuit asks for a temporary injunction to put the law on hold while it is fought in court.
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced Tuesday that he has disqualified himself from representing the state in the lawsuit.
Planned Parenthood officials say their organization along with the ACLU and the Emma Goldman Clinic in Iowa City are in it for the long haul.
“We will fight for our patients as long as it takes. We will fight for our patients and we will fight for the rights of Iowans,” Planned Parenthood of the Heartland President and CEO Suzanna De Baca said.
Pro-life advocates say they were prepared for a court battle.
“This bill was to protect Iowa children, and it’s about time that we looked at this life issue and have it reviewed in the court system,” Iowans for Life Executive Director Maggie Dewitte said.
Kim Reynolds’ office released a statement saying, “We knew there would be a legal fight, but it’s a fight worth having to protect innocent life. We will be represented by the Thomas More Society at no cost to taxpayers.”
A hearing on the temporary injunction is expected in the next few weeks.
Authored by Glen McStanly