“Other States Will Soon Follow”: Iowa Supreme Court Deals Blow to Abortion Rights

Source: Common Dreams

“The GOP-packed Iowa Supreme Court on Friday dealt a serious blow to abortion rights in the state amid heightened fears about the future of reproductive freedom nationwide. In a case challenging medically unnecessary restrictions, Iowa’s high court determined that there is no fundamental right to abortion protected by the state constitution (which clears the way for state lawmakers to pass even stricter measures. The move reverses the state court’s own 2018 decision) which preceded Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds appointing four of the seven current justices — and comes as the nation awaits a U.S. Supreme Court ruling expected to overturn Roe v. Wade. Demands for the Biden administration and Democrats in Congress to protect and expand reproductive rights have grown since a draft opinion on Roe leaked last month. Despite that pressure, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) recently joined with Republicans to block the Women’s Health Protection Act.” (06/18/22)