Governor confident Iowa’s Supreme Court will uphold waiting period for abortions
DES NIUBES 000 Governor Kim Reynolds says she’s “confident” the new majority on Iowa’s Supreme Court will overturn a 2018 ruling that upheld abortion rights.
The court ruled a 72-hour waiting period for an abortion violated the due process and equal protection clauses of Iowa’s constitution, but in the three and a half years since that ruling, Reynolds has appointed four of the court’s seven members. She is appealing this week’s district court decision that a 24-hour waiting period for abortions is unconstitutional.
“I absolutely don’t agree with that decision and that’s what the process is for and so we will be appealing that decision,” Reynolds said during a news conference Wednesday, “and we’re pretty confident that we can get the outcome that we’re looking for.”
Rita Bettis Austen, the legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, yesterday said the district court judge’s opinion is consistent with the precedent set by the 2018 Iowa Supreme Court ruling.
“We would have no reason to think the court would reach a different outcome,” Bettis Austen said during an online news conference yesterday.
Republicans in the legislature are proposing an amendment to the state constitution that says the document does not recognize the right to an abortion or public funding of the procedure, but it has to clear more hurdles before it would be put to a statewide vote. Some Republicans are hoping the legal dispute over a 24-hour waiting period for abortions in Iowa could be appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and be the means by which Roe v Wade is overturned. In May, the US Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that required doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.