Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has pledged to do everything in her power to protect life, after signing a new Bill that has been praised by pro-lifers.
The Bill bans most abortions from taking place after a baby’s heartbeat can be detected – from about six weeks into pregnancy.
Afterwards, Governor Reynolds said: “We know that our work is not done, that we must continue to work together to change the hearts and minds”.
Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a joint lawsuit challenging the law.
But pro-life leader Lila Rose, who is president and founder of Live Action, celebrated the Governor’s move via Twitter.
The Iowa Heartbeat Bill is a strong step forward. Thank you, Iowa Gov. @KimReynoldsIA: “We are No. 1 in the country when it comes to protecting life. I believe all innocent life is precious and sacred, and as governor I pledge to you to do everything in my power to protect life."
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) May 14, 2018
‘Protect innocent life’
The Bill includes exceptions for when the mother’s life is at risk, but also cases of severely life-limiting disabilities, rape or incest.
Governor Reynolds says she has received “very positive feedback” since signing the Bill, and described the pro-life cause as “a fight worth fighting”.
“We’re not slowing down, we’re not going to stop”.
Responding to the lawsuit, Brenna Smith, press secretary for the Iowa governor’s office, said: “We knew there would be a legal fight, but it’s worth having to protect innocent life”.
Last year, a pro-life Bill to ban abortions from taking place after 20 weeks of pregnancy was passed in Kentucky.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed the Bill, along with a separate measure that requires pregnant women to be given an ultrasound and receive a description of their unborn baby before going through with an abortion.
Governor Bevin, an evangelical Christian, said afterwards: “I personally believe that it’s inappropriate to kill human beings that are innocent. And it’s hard for me to imagine a scenario when someone could tell me that killing innocent human beings is a good thing.”
In the UK, the current law allows abortions to be carried out until 24 weeks of pregnancy, or until birth if the child will suffer from a severe disability.