The Iowa Supreme Court has issued a major ruling today indicating there is no right to abortion in the state constitution. This sets up the state to be able to pass an abortion ban in the legislature to protect babies from abortions as soon as the Supreme Court overturns Roe.
The decision reverses a ruling the state’s highest court issued just four years ago thanks to a change in the makeup of the court with more conservative justices added — just as is happening at the federal Supreme Court level.
The case involves a 2020 law that 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.
A state judge blocked the law, citing the 2018 Iowa Supreme Court ruling, but Gov. Kim Reynolds and 60 pro-life state lawmakers appealed.
Assistant Attorney General Sam Langholztold the Iowa Supreme Court that it should overturn its 2018 ruling declaring a right to abortion in the state constitution and today the court did just that. Justices determined that the state court wrongly decided that abortion is among the fundamental privacy rights guaranteed by the Iowa Constitution and federal law.
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In its 2018 ruling, decided by a 5-2 vote, the court said that “autonomy and dominion over one’s body go to the very heart of what it means to be free.” The reversal comes thanks to pro-life Gov. Kim Reynolds, who has named four of the justices to the court since 2017.
Justice Edward Mansfield wrote the 182-page opinion […]
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