Gov. Reynolds announces legal actions regarding abortion in Iowa

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Tuesday two legal actions following the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.Reynolds said she will urge the Iowa Supreme Court to rehear Planned Parenthood v. Reynolds (known as PPH IV). She will also request that the Iowa courts lift the injunction against the enforcement of Iowa’s fetal heartbeat law. “Now is the time for us to stand up and continue the fight to protect the unborn,” Reynolds said in a statement. “The Supreme Court’s historic decision reaffirms that it states that it has the right to protect the innocent and defenseless unborn—and now it’s time for our state to do just that. As governors, I will do whatever it takes to defend the most important freedom there is: the right to life.”Iowa’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks is still in effect.Tuesday’s statement also says the following, in part:”Through the new MOMS legislation (More Options for Maternal Support SF2354), a statewide program to promote healthy pregnancies and childbirth, the State will provide needed supports, like parenting education, nutritional services, and material items such as diapers and car seats, for women who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy.”While this litigation moves forward to protect the unborn, Iowa’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks is still in effect.”Republican Sen. Brad Zaun released the following statement in support of Reynolds going through the court system:”After careful examination of both the Iowa and US Supreme Court’s recent rulings, I support the Governor’s decision to request our courts review their previous opinions on abortion. Bottom line for me is to stop the killing of the unborn as soon as possible.”Attorney General Tom Miller issued a statement this afternoon saying he will withdraw from the cases citing “ethical reasons.”He says he supports Roe v. Wade and that restricting abortion would undermine rights and protections for women.”Our office is withdrawing from the case involving the 24-hour waiting period, or House File 594, for ethical reasons. I have made many clear public statements supporting Roe v. Wade and the rationale that underlies it. Those statements would be inconsistent with what the state would argue in court. I support the undue burden standard that the US Supreme Court set forth in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The 24-hour case has now moved to a point in which I doubt that I can zealously assert the state’s position. The question now before the Iowa Supreme Court is whether the rational basis test should apply to abortion regulations. I believe that standard would have a detrimental impact on women’s reproductive rights, health care, and our society. Therefore, I am disqualifying myself pursuant to Iowa Code section 13.3.”This decision is consistent with my disqualification in the fetal heartbeat case in 2018. In that case, I stated that I could not zealously assert the state’s position because of my core belief that the statute, if upheld, would undermine rights and protections for women. In my nearly 40 years in office, I have declined to represent the state in only one other similar situation. Parenthood Advocates of Iowa released a statement on Monday afternoon, saying, in part: “Abortion remains safe and legal in Iowa, and Iowans want to keep it that way,” said Sheena Dooley, Communications Manager for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Iowa. “Regardless of our personal beliefs, we can all agree that Iowans deserve the right to control their bodies and futures—even though the courts have said politicians should be charged with those decisions. Gov. Reynolds wants to take us back decades in time for forcing pregnancy on Iowans, a serious violation of their human rights. Iowa is headed down a dangerous path where Gov. Reynolds will have more say over our reproductive health than we do.” Click below to watch the roundup of news:

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Tuesday two legal actions following the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

I will do whatever it takes to defend the most important freedom there is: the right to life.”

Reynolds said she will urge the Iowa Supreme Court to rehear Planned Parenthood v. Reynolds (known as PPH IV).

She will also request that the Iowa courts lift the injunction against the enforcement of Iowa’s fetal heartbeat law.

“Now is the time for us to stand up and continue the fight to protect the unborn,” Reynolds said in a statement. “The Supreme Court’s historic decision reaffirms that it states that it has the right to protect the innocent and defenseless unborn—and now it’s time for our state to do just that. As governors, I will do whatever it takes to defend the most important freedom there is: the right to life.”

Iowa’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks is still in effect.

Tuesday’s statement also says the following, in part:

“Through the new MOMS legislation (More Options for Maternal Support SF2354), a statewide program to promote healthy pregnancies and childbirth, the State will provide needed supports, like parenting education, nutritional services, and material items such as diapers and car seats, for women who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy.

“While this litigation moves forward to protect the unborn, Iowa’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks is still in effect.”

Republican Sen. Brad Zaun released the following statement in support of Reynolds going through the court system:

“After careful examination of both the Iowa and US Supreme Court’s recent rulings, I support the Governor’s decision to request our courts to review their previous opinions on abortion. Bottom line for me is to stop the killing of the unborn as soon as possible.”

Attorney General Tom Miller issued a statement this afternoon saying he will withdraw from the cases citing “ethical reasons.”

He says he supports Roe v. Wade and that restricting abortion would undermine rights and protections for women.

“Our office is withdrawing from the case involving the 24-hour waiting period, or House File 594, for ethical reasons. I have made many clear public statements supporting Roe v. Wade and the rationale that underlies it. Those statements would be inconsistent with what the state would argue in court. I support the undue burden standard that the US Supreme Court set forth in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The 24-hour case has now moved to a point in which I doubt that I can zealously assert the state’s position. The question now before the Iowa Supreme Court is whether the rational basis test should apply to abortion regulations. I believe that standard would have a detrimental impact on women’s reproductive rights, health care, and our society. Therefore, I am disqualifying myself pursuant to to Iowa Code section 13.3.

“This decision is consistent with my disqualification in the fetal heartbeat case in 2018. In that case, I stated that I could not zealously assert the state’s position because of my core belief that the statute, if upheld, would undermine rights and protections for women . In my nearly 40 years in office, I have declined to represent the state in only one other similar situation. I do not take lightly my responsibility to represent the state.”

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Iowa released a statement on Monday afternoon, saying, in part:

“Abortion remains safe and legal in Iowa, and Iowans want to keep it that way,” said Sheena Dooley, Communications Manager for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Iowa. “Regardless of our personal beliefs, we can all agree that Iowans deserve the right to control their bodies and futures—even though the courts have said politicians should be charged with those decisions. Gov. Reynolds wants to take us back decades in time for forcing pregnancy on Iowans, a serious violation of their human rights. Iowa is headed down a dangerous path where Gov. Reynolds will have more say over our reproductive health than we do.”


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