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Pro-Life Iowa Gov. Reynolds says pro-life Movement is “on the brink of a historic break-through for the right to life.”

by | Mar 22, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

Speaking at the Prayer for Life rally Monday in the state Capitol, Iowa’s pro-life Gov. Kim Reynolds told attendees that the pro-life Movement is “on the brink of a historic break-through for the right to life.”

“Reynolds, a Republican, told a crowd of activists that cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and Iowa Supreme Court may overturn landmark rulings on abortion, opening the door for more restrictive laws in Iowa,” according to Katie Akin.

“There’s never been a more important moment in the history of the pro-life movement,” Gov. Reynolds said. “Decades of organizing, voting, and above all, praying, are paying off.”

 “As a movement we’re closer than ever to one of our foremost goals,” Reynolds added. “…I won’t rest until our laws and our society recognize that all people, no matter how small, are entitled to the right to life.”

Right to Lifers are eagerly awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court on Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act heard by the justices on December 1. In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the High Court heard arguments pro and con on a law that prohibits abortion in most cases after the 15th week. Judging by their questions (always a dubious proposition), the Court may take a chunk out of Roe/Casey, perhaps overturn them.

At the state level, the Iowa legislature has passed many protective laws. As far back at 2017, Iowa passed a law requiring that women wait 72 hours before having an abortion, be given the opportunity to view an ultrasound scan, and be provided with information about alternatives. 

The following year, the Iowa Supreme Court overturned the law in a decision written by Chief Justice Mark Cady. In addition, the court found a “right” to abortion in the state Constitution.

Undeterred, Iowa passed a new law requiring a 24-respite before having an abortion. To the surprise of absolutely no one, District Court Judge Mitchell Turner granted Planned Parenthood of the Heartland a temporary injunction preventing enforcement. Gov. Reynolds is challenging that decision.

“In Iowa, innocent life should be protected, not discarded,” she said. “Yet with one ruling, Iowa’s laws went from one of the most pro-life in the country to one of the least. …It’s a common-sense measure that deserves to be upheld.” 

Reynolds added. “But it’s also a chance for the state’s Supreme Court to reaffirm what the framers of Iowa’s constitution expressed so eloquently: that every human life is precious.”

Meanwhile, operating on a parallel track, Akin wrote,

Iowa lawmakers also passed a proposed constitutional amendment in 2021. It would explicitly state that Iowa does not recognize a right to an abortion. That proposed amendment needs to pass through the next General Assembly before it goes to the ballot.

“If things do change on the federal level, we must have the life amendment, or abortion will continue to be legal in the state of Iowa,” Rep. Steven Holt, R-Denison, said. 

The Iowa Supreme Court may be more receptive. “Reynolds has appointed a majority of the Iowa Supreme Court’s justices,” Iowa Public Radio reports.

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