Iowa Supreme Court issues ruling on abortion waiting period law

The Iowa Supreme Court issued the highly anticipated abortion ruling Friday. The court made it easier for lawmakers to limit or outlaw abortion in the state, reversing a decision by the court four years ago that guaranteed the right to abortion under the Iowa Constitution. That decision involves a law requiring women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion. The 2020 waiting period law was overturned due to an Iowa Supreme Court ruling in 2018.The court concluded Friday that the 2018 decision was wrongly decided and should be overturned. A judge struck down the law in June 2021, citing the 2018 Iowa Supreme Court decision that declared an abortion a fundamental right under the state constitution. The court reversed the judge’s decision and sent the case back to district court.Gov. Reynolds released the following statement in response to the Iowa Supreme Court’s ruling: “Today’s ruling is a significant victory in our fight to protect the unborn. The Iowa Supreme Court reversed its earlier 2018 decision, which made Iowa the most abortion-friendly state in the country. Every life is sacred and should be protected, and as long as I’m governor that is exactly what I will do.” The Iowa Democratic Party released the following statement: “The majority of Iowans and the majority of Americans believe that abortion should be legal and not subject to the personal whims of a fringe minority. This decisions introduces new barriers to accessing care and leaves Iowans exposed to even more attacks on our reproductive freedoms. We are one step closer to a future where Iowa Republicans could have free rein to outlaw abortion and restrict reproductive health care. I know that many of us feel afraid right now, but we have the power to elect Iowa Democrats this fall who will write the protections of Roe into law at both the federal and state level. This fight is not over – and I’m proud to stand alongside the Iowans organizing for a future where our personal freedoms are protected.” This story is developing. Looks for updates on the KCCI Breaking News and Weather App and KCCI.com.The Associated Press contributed to this report.Related:

The Iowa Supreme Court issued the highly anticipated abortion ruling Friday.

The court made it easier for lawmakers to limit or outlaw abortion in the state, reversing a decision by the court four years ago that guaranteed the right to abortion under the Iowa Constitution.

That decision involves a law requiring women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion. The 2020 waiting period law was overturned due to an Iowa Supreme Court ruling in 2018.

The court concluded Friday that the 2018 decision was wrongly decided and should be overturned.

A judge struck down the law in June 2021, citing the 2018 Iowa Supreme Court decision that declared an abortion a fundamental right under the state constitution. The court reversed the judge’s decision and sent the case back to district court.

Gov. Reynolds released the following statement in response to the Iowa Supreme Court’s ruling:

“Today’s ruling is a significant victory in our fight to protect the unborn. The Iowa Supreme Court reversed its earlier 2018 decision, which made Iowa the most abortion-friendly state in the country. Every life is sacred and should be protected, and as long as I’m governor that is exactly what I will do.”

The Iowa Democratic Party released the following statement:

“The majority of Iowans and the majority of Americans believe that abortion should be legal and not subject to the personal whims of a fringe minority. This decisions introduces new barriers to accessing care and leaves Iowans exposed to even more attacks on our reproductive freedoms. We are one step closer to a future where Iowa Republicans could have free rein to outlaw abortion and restrict reproductive health care. I know that many of us feel afraid right now, but we have the power to elect Iowa Democrats this fall who will write the protections of Roe into law at both the federal and state level. This fight is not over – and I’m proud to stand alongside the Iowans organizing for a future where our personal freedoms are protected.”

This story is developing. Looks for updates on the KCCI Breaking News and Weather App and KCCI.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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