Governor Reynolds Signs Fetal Heartbeat Bill Into Law

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DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Governor Kim Reynolds has signed Senate File 359, which could ban most abortions, into law on Friday.

Reynolds signed the bill publicly in her formal office shortly after 3 p.m. The new law is expected to be challenged in court, possibly before it takes effect.  Planned Parenthood says it is already preparing a legal defense.

The bill bans an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected.  That could come as soon as six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women even know they’re pregnant.

Two similar laws have been passed in North Dakota and Arkansas.  Both of those laws were blocked by federal courts and eventually declared unconstitutional.

The bill has drawn support as well as criticism from people across Iowa. After Governor Reynolds signed the bill, protesters with Planned Parenthood and other organizations gathered to rally against the bill. Channel 13’s Ben Oldach talked to some people opposed to the change; his report can be seen in the following video.

At the same time some people were protesting, others were rejoicing. Channel 13's Mike DaSilva spoke with supporters of the bill who were happy to see it head to the governor's desk. See his full report below.