Thomas More defending Iowa heartbeat bill

Monday, June 11, 2018
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medical heartbeat screenThe legal battle continues over Iowa's heartbeat law.

Thomas More Society is representing Gov. Kim Reynolds and others who, through the legislature, passed a heartbeat bill that not only prohibits abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected but requires efforts to detect it.

"Depending on who you're listening to, or how you're counting, that's six, seven, eight weeks. And it's in the middle of the first trimester," says Thomas More attorney Martin Cannon.

So the strict law was predictably challenged by Planned Parenthood on the grounds it conflicts with Roe v Wade and the Iowa constitution.

The case is currently in state court.

Cannon says Planned Parenthood chose to file it at that level to avoid the federal court system, which has becoming more favorable to the pro-life side.

"So they've got a Supreme Court of the state of Iowa that they feel is sympathetic to them," he advises, "and they're just trying to keep this thing within Iowa."

Gov. Reynolds signed the heartbeat bill into law on May 4.

A judge has since put the law on hold pending a full trial on the merits of the arguments.

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