Branstad Signs Law Placing More Restrictions on Abortions

Gov. Branstad signs bill adding more restrictions to abortions. (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Terry Branstad signed a pro-life bill into law Friday morning.

The bill does three things: requires the mother to have an ultrasound before the abortion, forces her to wait 72 hours after appointment, and prohibits abortion after 20 weeks.

On Friday, a judge ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union to temporarily block the 72-hour wait, so mothers who scheduled an abortion before the law can still have the procedure.

The Republican Party says the new law is the first push to outlaw abortion in Iowa altogether.