Iowa Gov. Won't Appeal Ruling That Strikes Down Abortion Law

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Published on February 19, 2019 - Duration: 00:59s

Iowa Gov. Won't Appeal Ruling That Strikes Down Abortion Law

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Kim Reynolds said her decision not to appeal the Iowa Supreme Court's ruling was "extremely difficult," but she doesn't see a way to appeal it.

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Iowa Gov. Won't Appeal Ruling That Strikes Down Abortion Law

Iowa's governor says she won't challenge a ruling that struck down the state's "fetal heartbeat" abortion law.

Gov.

Kim Reynolds  said in a statement  Monday her decision not to appeal the Iowa Supreme Court's ruling was "extremely difficult." But she said she doesn't see a way to successfully appeal it.

She added: "Rather than be distracted by a losing legal battle, now is the time to renew our focus on changing hearts and minds and to seek other ways to advance the cause of protecting the unborn in Iowa and around the nation." Reynolds  signed the law  in May 2018.

It effectively bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is usually about six weeks into a pregnancy.

But weeks later, a judge  temporarily blocked  the legislation until a legal challenge from Planned Parenthood and the ACLU of Iowa was resolved.

And last month, an Iowa judge determined the law  violated the state's constitution . 

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