Iowa Supreme Court blocks portion of 20 week abortion ban

Posted May 06, 2017

At a Capitol ceremony, Branstad told the advocates "it is an honor, it is a privilege, for me to sign this bill".

Clapman argued the mandatory 72-hour waiting period would create an undue burden on patients by forcing multiple appointments, noting low-income rural patients would struggle the most with such guidelines.

Attorneys for the abortion groups said they plan to appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court.

In the two hours we saw patients between the governor signing this legislation into law and when the temporary injunction was ordered, havoc was wreaked on many patients' lives.

However, under previous Iowa law and Planned Parenthood practices, ultrasounds and necessary information are provided to women just prior to an abortion, Meadows says. Another 11 women with medication abortions set for next Tuesday could now be in jeopardy of losing that option, she said.

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"The real work begins now because we have to spend a lot of time educating and making sure the public is aware of what the real facts are now", Pate said.

"These are not speculative harms", Clapman said in refuting some of the state's arguments against delaying implementation. He is scheduled to sign it at 8:30 a.m. today.

The legislation mandates a 3-day waiting period before a woman can get an abortion and also requires her to make two trips to a doctor.

Beside the waiting period, it would outlaw most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and wouldn't allow exceptions for rape, incest or fatal fetal anomalies.

When asked earlier about efforts to block to law, Branstad noted that similar abortion restrictions have been upheld in other states.

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Governor Branstad signed state voter identification changes into law.

But Iowa Solicitor General Jeffrey Thompson pointed to Planned Parenthood's business hours and scheduling as the problem, not the law itself, the AP reports.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate assures Iowans that voting participation will maintain its high standard nationally, and maybe build upon it under this new law.

"While we have made the needed adjustments to ensure we are fully compliant with the new law, we hope the court will ultimately rule on the side of women and protect their continued access to this safe medical care guaranteed under the Iowa constitution", de Baca said.

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