Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Fetal Heart Beat Law

by Brian Wilson
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The Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments Thursday on the fetal heartbeat law that’s been on hold since the governor signed the bill. The state’s attorney, Eric Wessen, argued the state has a rational interest in enacting the law and that’s how it should be viewed.

Wessen says there are several interests the law considers.

Wessen says he believes the district court would have to drop its injunction if the High Court follows his argument. Peter Im represented Planned Parenthood and the ACLU of Iowa which are seeking to block the law. He says a rational interest interpretation should not be used.

Justices Christopher McDonald and Susan Christensen asked Im about his argument that women were not properly represented when abortion was banned after Iowa became a state. They asked why a law should be blocked that was passed by a legislature that now includes duly elected women.

The court is expected to issue a ruling in June.

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