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Iowa Supreme Court strikes down abortion waiting period

by Daniel James Devine
Posted 6/29/18, 12:22 pm

The Supreme Court of Iowa on Friday struck down a state law that required women to wait 72 hours before undergoing an abortion procedure, overturning a lower court decision. The high court ruled 5-2 that the law violated the Iowa Constitution because the law’s “restrictions on women are not narrowly tailored to serve a compelling interest of the state.” The 72-hour waiting period was part of pro-life legislation that also protected most unborn children from abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a rule still in effect. Iowa’s recently passed “heartbeat” law, which protects unborn babies from abortion once their heartbeats can be detected, at around 6 weeks, is currently on hold while a legal challenge moves through the courts.

Justice Edward Mansfield, who is on President Donald Trump’s 2017 list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees, wrote the dissenting opinion in Friday’s ruling. “Waiting periods are not uncommon in Iowa law,” he noted. “We have a three-day waiting period for marriage. … So why can’t the legislature impose a waiting period before an abortion?”

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Daniel James Devine

Daniel is managing editor of WORLD Magazine and lives in Indiana. Follow Daniel on Twitter @DanJamDevine.

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  • Ed Schick
    Posted: Fri, 06/29/2018 01:43 pm

    Thanks for keeping us informed on these important developments in the cause of protecting the lives of unborn children. Good connection to the fact that our presidents draw candidates from the kinds of judges that decide these cases. There will be setbacks and advances but we must pray, vote and work to keep the pro-life movement moving forward. Could you also do an article on why National Right to Life is not supporting pro-life legislation in Washington?

  • news2me
    Posted: Fri, 06/29/2018 02:20 pm

    It would help if the gov't stopped giving money to Planned Parenthood. 

  • Janet B
    Posted: Sat, 06/30/2018 10:44 am

    Iowa voters, time to remove some of your Supreme Court justices...again.