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Judge blocks Iowa heartbeat bill

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/01/18, 12:10 pm

An Iowa judge on Friday temporarily blocked the state’s new “heartbeat bill” from going into effect, halting protections for unborn babies that would begin as soon as doctors can detect a heartbeat. Judge Michael Huppert said he would formally issue a temporary injunction later Friday. The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Emma Goldman Clinic sued to stop the law, which provides the earliest protections in the country for unborn babies. Fetal heartbeats can be detected at about six weeks gestation. Although applauded by pro-life advocates, the law faces an uncertain legal future. U.S. Supreme Court precedent prevents restrictions on abortion before the age of viability, generally considered about 24 weeks gestation. Attorneys with the Thomas More Society, a pro-life law firm, volunteered to defend the law in court after Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said his support for abortion prevented him from participating in the case.

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Leigh Jones

Leigh lives in Houston with her husband and daughter. She is the news editor for The World and Everything in It and reports on education for WORLD Digital.

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  • Bob C
    Posted: Fri, 06/01/2018 12:51 pm

    It is ironic that the organization, "Planned Parenthood of the Heartland", can have the word “Heart” in their name, but deny the existence of a living, beating “Heart” in a pre-born baby.

  • news2me
    Posted: Fri, 06/01/2018 02:36 pm

    It continues to be more unclear just WHO is in control. If they make a law and you have enough money to stop it, what's the point. Those groups should not be able to use tax monies to sue tax payers. 

  • austinbeartux's picture
    Posted: Fri, 06/01/2018 02:56 pm

    Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

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    Greg Mangrum
    Posted: Sat, 06/02/2018 10:20 am

    Austin, this is true, but that does not mean that we do not fight with the weapons of righteousness given us against the ones who are doing the dark kingdom's bidding.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 06/04/2018 07:54 pm

    And with that, you’ve reminded me I should pray for those liberal judges and Planned Parenthood people I dislike so much. Thanks.