Law­suit chal­lenges Iowa law on abor­tion

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DES MOINES, Iowa — A law­suit chal­leng­ing the na­tion’s most re­stric­tive abor­tion law was filed Tues­day in Iowa, a state that for years was largely left out of Re­pub­li­can ef­forts to over­turn abor­tion pro­tec­tions and where the Demo­cratic at­tor­ney gen­eral has re­fused to de­fend the law.

If al­lowed to take ef­fect July 1 as planned, the law would ban most abor­tions once a fe­tal heart­beat is de­tected, around the sixth week of preg­nancy. Abor­tion-rights groups say that’s a time when many women do not know they are preg­nant.

The Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union of Iowa and the Planned Par­ent­hood Fed­er­a­tion of Amer­ica an­nounced the fil­ing of the com­plaint in Polk County District Court in Des Moines. The law­suit ar­gues that the law vi­o­lates the Iowa Con­sti­tu­tion by ban­ning nearly all abor­tions and putting women’s health at risk. It seeks an in­junc­tion to halt the law’s im­ple­men­ta­tion. Lit­i­ga­tion could take years.

Un­til the 2016 elec­tion, Iowa had lit­tle to no role in the broad GOP ef­fort to over­turn Roe v. Wade, the land­mark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court rul­ing that es­tab­lished a woman’s right to ter­mi­nate a preg­nancy un­til a fe­tus is vi­able.

The elec­tion flipped con­trol of the Iowa Sen­ate, putting Repub­li­cans in charge of the Leg­is­la­ture and the gov­er­nor’s of­fice for the first time in two decades. Up to that point, Democrats had main­tained enough po­lit­i­cal power to cur­tail most Re­pub­li­can anti-abor­tion at­tempts.

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