Friday, June 17, 2022

Iowa SCT Rules No State Constitutional Right to Abortion

Iowa Supreme Court Says Abortion Protections Not Guaranteed Under State Constitution

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.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/gender_law/2022/06/iowa-sct-rules-no-state-constitutional-right-to-abortion.html

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