Iowa Gov. Branstad signs abortion, voter ID bills into law

Iowa Gov. Branstad signs abortion, voter ID bills into law
Iowa Gov. Branstad signs abortion, voter ID bills into law
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06 May, 2017

Clapman argued the mandatory 72-hour waiting period would create an undue burden on patients by forcing multiple appointments, noting low-income rural patients would struggle the most with such guidelines.

However, attorneys for Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union said they expected to file an appeal with the Iowa Supreme Court as soon as they receive District Judge Jeffrey Farrell's written order in their hopes of halting implementation until the dispute can be decided at trial.

Beside the waiting period, it would outlaw most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and wouldn't allow exceptions for rape, incest or fatal fetal anomalies.

DES MOINES | A Polk County judge denied a request Thursday for an emergency injunction blocking provisions of new abortion restrictions from taking effect when Gov. Terry Branstad signs them into law Friday morning.

The injunction enabled 44 women who were scheduled for abortions on Friday to keep their appointments.

In signing the medical malpractice bill into law, Branstad said the move would add predictability to the medical field and attract more professionals to Iowa. A signing ceremony is slated for 8:30 a.m., at the state Capitol building.

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The legislation mandates a 3-day waiting period before a woman can get an abortion and also requires her to make two trips to a doctor.

This bill would make Iowa the sixth state to require a 72-hour waiting period, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights.

According to the petition, the new law is one of the strictest requirements in the nation on women seeking an abortion.

"I think this is something that a lot of Iowans have been looking for for a long time", Branstad said. The state says these burdens are created by society and not the new law.

"We welcome Iowa to the growing collection of states enacting necessary reforms to prevent against voter fraud and boost confidence in our elections", Public Interest Legal Foundation President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said in an email statement on the law.

The voter identification bill signed by Branstad will require voters to show ID at the polls, a measure that Secretary of State Paul Pate said will be in effect for the 2018 Iowa gubernatorial election thanks to a "soft rollout" of the law.


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