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Iowa Will Not Appeal Ruling on “Fetal Heartbeat” Law

HeadlineFeb 19, 2019

In Iowa, Republican Governor Kim Reynolds has said she will not appeal a court’s ruling last month blocking a highly restrictive so-called fetal heartbeat law. The Iowa law would have banned abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected—something that typically happens just six weeks into a pregnancy and before many women even realize they’re pregnant. The law was widely seen as an attempt to challenge the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling at the Supreme Court.

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