Iowa Gov. Branstad signs abortion, voter ID bills into law

After the hearing, Suzanne de Baca, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, issued a statement expressing disappointment with Farrell's decision to deny the temporary injunction.

Rita Bettis, the legal director for the A-C-L-U of Iowa, says quick legal action is necessary because the bill was written to take effect immediately. Fifty-nine percent of women who seek abortions are mothers who have decided that they can not parent another child, and 66 percent plan to have children when they are older, Planned Parenthood says.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad on Friday signed into law a 20-week abortion ban that faces a legal challenge in the Midwestern state's supreme court.

This bill would make Iowa the sixth state to require a 72-hour waiting period, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights.

Under SF 471, Iowa women must receive an ultrasound and state-mandated information prior to receiving an abortion.

Planned Parenthood clinics also had 11 medication abortion patients scheduled for Tuesday and 28 for Wednesday, including 19 medication abortion patients.

The voter identification bill signed by Branstad will require voters to show ID at the polls, a measure that Secretary of State Paul Pate said will be in effect for the 2018 Iowa gubernatorial election thanks to a "soft rollout" of the law.

Iowa Solicitor General Jeffrey Thompson argued there is not a constitutional right to an abortion on demand.

Beside the waiting period, it would outlaw most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and wouldn't allow exceptions for rape, incest or fatal fetal anomalies.

"The act thus imposes a medically unnecessary mandatory delay", they argued, adding that physicians who violate the mandatory delay and additional trip requirements are subject to discipline. Additionally, he said numerous barriers cited by the challengers were self-imposed by Planned Parenthood's business decisions, rather than created by the new law.

"The court will then consider whether the injunction should remain in force pending this court's resolution of appellants' application for interlocutory appeal", the one-page order states.

In the two hours we saw patients between the governor signing this legislation into law and when the temporary injunction was ordered, havoc was wreaked on many patients' lives.

  • Aubrey Nash