‘Heartbeat law’ ruled unconstitutional in Iowa

A law to protect unborn babies’ right to life from their first heartbeat has been ruled unconstitutional in Iowa.

The law was meant to take effect from July 2018 but was temporarily blocked following objection from abortion giant Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union.

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled the Bill denies women the “right” to abort their baby – something considered “a fundamental right” by the state.


The law would have protected babies from the point a heartbeat was detected, usually at around the sixth week of pregnancy.

But after abortionists complained, Polk County District Judge Michael Huppert ruled against the protective measure.

He claimed that those supporting the Bill had no valid reasons for protecting unborn children at such an early stage.


Governor Kim Reynolds, who signed the Bill in May last year, said she was disappointed with the new ruling.

“As I’ve said and said over and over, if death is determined when a heart stops beating, then I believe a beating heart indicates life.”

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