In the wake of The Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe vs. Wade, Iowa residents may be wondering how abortions in their state will be affected. Especially for women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, understanding Iowa state laws regarding abortion is crucial.
The Outcome Of The New Verdict
On June 24, 2022, The Supreme Court ruled that the original 1973 decision regarding legal abortions was in error. The Justices declared the Constitution does not confer a woman’s right to abortion.
Because of this decision, the authority to regulate abortions has been returned to the states and their elected representatives. Every state now has the authority to write laws and decide how and if abortions should be performed. So where does Iowa stand?
Iowa State Laws Explained
In 2018, Iowa passed a fetal heartbeat law that banned abortions after six weeks with the exception of rape, incest, severe fetal abnormalities, and the life of the mother. However, in 2019 this heartbeat law was ruled unconstitutional by the Iowa Supreme Court and therefore has not been upheld in the state.
The current governor explained that in the meantime, the Iowa Supreme Court declared that the “undue burden” standard from the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision would govern Iowa law for now and keep Iowa’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks in effect.
Best Practices To Follow
While state laws regarding abortions in Iowa seem to be evolving, there is a clear path forward for women experiencing an unwanted pregnancy.
It can be devastating to discover you’re pregnant if that wasn’t part of your life plan. At The Pregnancy Center, your well-being is our top priority. That’s why we offer free, limited ultrasounds to help you understand exactly how far along your pregnancy is.
Our staff is here to guide you through all your pregnancy options so you can feel confident in whatever you choose. Schedule an appointment by calling 563-242-6628 today.