SEVERE WX : Wind Chill Advisory - Winter Storm Warning - Blizzard Warning View Alerts
CLOSINGS: View Closings

No appeal of Iowa fetal heartbeat ruling

Judge struck down law limiting abortion in the state.

Posted: Feb 18, 2019 6:54 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds says she has decided not to appeal an Iowa judge's ruling last month that struck down Iowa's "fetal heartbeat" abortion law, which would have been the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the nation.

Reynolds says it was "an extremely difficult decision" but is the right one for the state. Abortion opponents hoped the legal challenge could get to the U.S. Supreme Court and overturn the longstanding case that legalized abortion nationwide.

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa challenged the law on state constitutional grounds only foreclosing a federal appeal.

Judge Michael Huppert said last month the bill violated due process and equal protection provisions of the Iowa Constitution based on previous Iowa Supreme Court rulings.

The law would have banned an abortion once a fetal heartbeat was detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

Article Comments

Mason City
Overcast
-3° wxIcon
Hi: 6° Lo: -4°
Feels Like: -29°
Albert Lea
Overcast
-4° wxIcon
Hi: 3° Lo: -5°
Feels Like: -21°
Austin
Scattered Clouds
wxIcon
Hi: 7° Lo: -2°
Feels Like: -22°
Charles City
Overcast
-4° wxIcon
Hi: 6° Lo: -5°
Feels Like: °
Rochester
Overcast
-3° wxIcon
Hi: 7° Lo: -5°
Feels Like: -28°
Blizzard Warning
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Sean Weather 1/18 2

Image

Sean Weather 1/18

Image

Rochester Fire captains promoted

Image

Tracking Saturday's blizzard

Image

Chris and George at the top of the 10

Image

Snow plow drivers prep for snow

Image

Navigating Mayo Clinic Ambulances in the snow

Image

Snow and 18 Wheelers

Image

When to call 911

Image

Chris' PM Weather Forecast 1/17

Community Events