Iowa Govornor to sign 6-week abortion bill at 3:00 p.m. Friday

Background: Friday Planned Parenthood rally, Photo ACLU Iowa.  Inset: Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds official photo

DES MOINES, Iowa - Governor Kim Reynolds will sign a new law Friday afternoon banning most abortions in Iowa.  

Reynolds will sign Senate File 359 publicly in her formal office at 3:00pm.  The new law is expected to be challenged in court, possibly before it takes effect on July 1.   Planned Parenthood says it is already preparing a lawsuit against Governor Reynolds if she signs the law.

The bill bans an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected.  That could comes as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, critics say that's often before many women know they’re pregnant.

Two similar laws have been passed in North Dakota and Arkansas.  Both of those laws were blocked by federal courts and eventually declared unconstitutional

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