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Iowa Supreme Court Approves 6-Week Abortion Ban

 July 1, 2024

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a law banning abortions at the point when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, shifting the state's previous 20-week limit to around six weeks.

This decision in the Hawkeye State marks a significant win for pro-life advocates and will take effect following further legal proceedings, as the Daily Wire reports.

Iowa Supreme Court's Ruling on Abortion Law

The ruling, which occurred on Friday, was decided by a close 4-3 vote. This decision allows a law banning abortions as early as six weeks to take effect, significantly reducing the previous limit of 20 weeks.

Justice Matthew McDermott authored the majority opinion, stating that the fetal heartbeat statute is rationally related to the state’s interest in protecting unborn life. "We have previously held that abortion is not a fundamental right under the Iowa Constitution," McDermott wrote.

McDermott added, "Applying our established tiers of scrutiny, we hold that abortion restrictions alleged to violate the due process clause are subject to the rational basis test. Employing that test here, we conclude that the fetal heartbeat statute is rationally related to the state’s legitimate interest in protecting unborn life."

Reversal of Previous Court Order

This ruling reverses a district court order that had temporarily blocked enforcement of the fetal heartbeat statute. Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union had previously sued the state following Gov. Kim Reynolds' signing of the heartbeat bill into law during a special session last year.

The law, which includes exceptions for rape and incest, has been a contentious issue in Iowa politics. The recent ruling is seen as a major victory for pro-life supporters in the state.

Justice Christensen's Dissent

Chief Justice Susan Christensen wrote a dissenting opinion, expressing concern over the impact of the ruling on women's rights. "Today, our court’s majority strips Iowa women of their bodily autonomy by holding that there is no fundamental right to terminate a pregnancy under our state constitution," Christensen stated.

She continued, "The majority’s rigid approach relies heavily on the male-dominated history and traditions of the 1800s, all the while ignoring how far women’s rights have come since the Civil War era."

Political Reactions to Ruling

Following the ruling, Iowa Republicans celebrated the decision as a victory for their cause. Reynolds and House Speaker Pat Grassley both made public statements in support of the court's decision.

"There is no right more sacred than life, and nothing more worthy of our strongest defense than the innocent unborn," Reynolds said. "As the heartbeat bill finally becomes law, we are deeply committed to supporting women in planning for motherhood and promoting fatherhood and its importance in parenting."

House Speaker Pat Grassley echoed these sentiments, stating, "This ruling is a victory in the fight to protect unborn children in Iowa. The Legislature is elected by the people, and for too long, the courts have stood in the way of Iowans having their voices heard on this matter."

Impact on Iowa's Abortion Laws

The Iowa Supreme Court's ruling has significant implications for the state's abortion laws. By lowering the limit from 20 weeks to around six weeks, the decision aligns Iowa with other states that have enacted similar heartbeat bills.

This change will take effect following further legal proceedings, and it is expected that pro-choice advocates will continue to challenge the law in court. However, for now, the ruling stands as a major shift in Iowa's legal landscape regarding abortion.

Further Legal Proceedings Expected

As the law moves forward, it will likely face additional legal challenges from organizations like Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union. These groups have been vocal in their opposition to the heartbeat bill and are expected to continue their fight in the courts.

For pro-life advocates, the ruling represents a significant step forward in their efforts to protect unborn life. For pro-choice supporters, it marks a setback in the fight for women's reproductive rights.


The Iowa Supreme Court's decision to uphold the fetal heartbeat law represents a pivotal moment in the state's abortion law history.

With the ruling reducing the abortion limit from 20 weeks to around six weeks, the decision has ignited celebrations among pro-life advocates and concerns among pro-choice supporters.

As the legal battles continue, the impact of this ruling on Iowa's legal and political landscape will be closely watched.