Iowa’s high court rejected Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds’ request to overturn a draconian ban on the majority of abortions on Friday, preventing the conservative state from joining others that have severely restricted access to the operation.
It has been almost a year after the same court and the U.S. Supreme Court decided that women do not have a fundamental constitutional right to abortion. This decision to uphold a district court decision from 2019 that halted the statute.
The stalled legislation outlaws abortions whenever heart activity is found, typically at six weeks of pregnancy and before many women are aware that they are expecting.
Reynolds and lawmakers are free to pass a new bill that looks the same even as the state’s supreme court continues to reject it. The judgement on Friday was mostly technical; it was too late to challenge the 2019 decision in 2022.
In Iowa, abortions are still permitted up to 20 weeks of pregnancy.