Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a pro-life law Monday to give women time to reflect and consider information about their unborn babies before going through with an abortion.
We Are Iowa reports Reynolds praised state lawmakers for passing House File 594, which requires women to wait 24 hours before going through with an abortion.
“I am proud to stand up for the sanctity of every human life,” she said in a statement. “Life is precious, life is sacred, and we can never stop fighting for it. I applaud the Iowa lawmakers who had the courage to stand strong and take action to protect the unborn child.”
The new law ensures abortion facilities give women the opportunity to see their unborn babies on an ultrasound and hear their baby’s heartbeat at least 24 hours prior to the abortion. In addition, Iowa requires abortion facilities to provide women with information about abortion risks and resources available for parenting and adoption, and to confirm in writing that the women received it. The pro-life law is scheduled to go into effect Wednesday; it passed the state legislature earlier this month , according to Iowa State Daily . Student pro-life leaders thanked the governor this week for her commitment to life. “College Republicans is glad to hear Gov. Reynolds signed this pro-life legislation,” Ryan Hurley, president of Iowa State College Republicans, told Iowa State Daily. “Abortion hurts women and families, and that 24 hours can and will save lives.” However, Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union already are trying to stop the law from going into effect. They filed a lawsuit before the bill even became law, and the court granted the abortion chain a hearing. On Monday, before the bill was signed into law, Judge Mitchell Turner heard arguments about […]