State Judge In Iowa Tosses “Unconstitutional” Fetal Heartbeat Law

No matter which way anyone looks at it, an abortion stops at least one beating heart. The baby always dies, and as abortions are generally performed after three weeks gestation, there is a beating heart involved.

Last spring, lawmakers in Iowa tried to keep those beating hearts from being stopped, but a state judge ruled that the law they wrote and passed was unconstitutional on its face.

In his decision striking down the abortion law, Polk County District Judge Michael Huppert cited the Iowa Supreme Court’s ruling last year in a challenge to a different abortion-restriction law. The high court held that “a woman’s right to decide whether to terminate a pregnancy is a fundamental right under the Iowa Constitution” in that ruling….

Huppert wrote in his decision that defenders of the 2018 “fetal heartbeat” law didn’t identify a compelling state interest in barring most abortions after a fetus’ heartbeat can be detected.

Other than providing the state with new residents and citizens and alleviating the need for immigrants to replace Americans, the state getting involved got in the way of women wanting to kill their unborn babies, an act that is increasingly seeing opposition as the pro-choice side of the argument kills their children in this manner. As usual, the pro-death crowd is claiming victory even as their future is dying by eliminating the very laws they insist infringe their rights.

The Iowa law had been on hold pending appeals. This is a setback for the pro-life movement, but one with an important point to make.

Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican who opposes abortion, signed the law. “I am incredibly disappointed in today’s court ruling because I believe that if death is determined when a heart stops beating, then a beating heart indicates life,” she said in a statement her office released Tuesday.


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