Friday, June 17, 2022
The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday overruled a 2018 decision that said the right to abortion was protected under the state constitution.
That decision — coupled with the potential overturn by the U.S. Supreme Court of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established a nationwide right to abortion — would give Iowa lawmakers significantly more freedom to pass and enforce restrictive abortion laws.
The Iowa Supreme Court's reversal came in a fractured decision that reverses a lower court's decision to block a 2020 law that put in place 24-hour waiting period before an abortion. The majority opinion said the Supreme Court's previous ruling establishing a constitutional right to an abortion "insufficiently recognizes that future human lives are at stake.”
The ruling sends the case back to the lower court for reconsideration.