The legislature introduced and passed the bill in the final hours of the 2020 session. The lawsuit targets the policy itself and the way it was passed without a chance for public input.
“The requirement of a medically unnecessary appointment prior to their abortion, which I want to note is particularly egregious in the midst of a global pandemic, it’s an enormous hurdle for people who have already made their decision to have an abortion,” said Erin Davison-Rippey, state executive director for Planned Parenthood.
The Iowa Supreme Court struck down a 72-hour waiting period in 2018 and Republican lawmakers said they hope this new law leads to having that decision overturned. The court’s make-up has changed since 2018 and justices appointed by Republican Governor Kim Reynolds are now in the majority.
(By Katarina Sostaric, Iowa Public Radio )