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Gov. Reynolds signs 6-week abortion ban into law

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a six-week abortion ban into law, setting the state up for a lengthy court challenge.

It's a six-week abortion ban, which bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. 

"If death is determined when a heart stops beating that doesn't a beating heart indicate life," said Gov. Kim Reynolds. "For me it's immoral to stop an innocent beating heart, for me it's sickening to sell fetal body parts, and for me my faith leads me to protect life."

The Republican governor signed the legislation Friday afternoon in her formal office at the state Capitol.

The Iowa affiliates of Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union warned earlier Friday at a rally that they would sue Reynolds if she signed the bill, which the Republican-controlled Legislature approved earlier in the week.

The legislation would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is around six weeks of pregnancy.

Similar legislation passed in other states has not gone into effect after they were challenged in court over their constitutionality.
 

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