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After Strictest Abortion Ban, Iowa Gov. Doubles Down: Our Work's Not Done

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The Republican-led state of Iowa leapt to the forefront of the pro-life movement with a new law that would ban abortions once the baby’s heartbeat was discovered, which could occur as soon as six weeks after conception.

As incredible as that news is for those opposed to the wanton murder of unborn babies, Republican Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds made it clear over the weekend that she isn’t content to rest on the laurels of that pro-life victory, according to The Hill.

Speaking Saturday to the annual gathering of the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, Reynolds celebrated the passage and her signing of what is known as the “fetal heartbeat” bill, but added, “We know that our work is not done.”

“We are No. 1 in the country when it comes to protecting life,” Reynolds told those in attendance, according to the Des Moines Register. “I believe all innocent life is precious and sacred, and as governor I pledge to you to do everything in my power to protect life.

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“We know that our work is not done, that we must continue to work together to change the hearts and mind. But I’ll tell you what, we’re not slowing down, we’re not going to stop. It’s a fight worth fighting.”

Assuming it is not blocked by threatened legal challenges from abortion provider Planned Parenthood, the final version of the “fetal heartbeat” bill will become law on July 1.

It would require women seeking an abortion to first obtain an abdominal ultrasound from a physician.

If that physician detects a heartbeat, an abortion would no longer be permitted, save for certain instances such as officially reported cases of incest or rape, a partial miscarriage or significant health abnormalities for the baby.

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“I think it’s going to save a lot of lives,” Lynn Vogel, president of the Southern Iowa Republican Women, said of the new law. “That innocent child can’t help it, so I think it’s important to protect them.”

Other attendees at the event praised the new law as well as Reynolds for her leadership in signing it despite shrill cries of outrage from the left, which views the legislation as a direct challenge to the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision.

Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said, “I’m not kidding when I said that I hope and literally pray that this is the start and we will carry through.”

Fellow GOP Rep. Steve King of Iowa said his state “set the standard” with its pro-life law, adding that he was quite pleased with the legislation that had emerged from Iowa’s General Assembly over the past couple of years.

King’s remarks were echoed by Iowa state House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow, who said conservative legislators “were undeterred” in passage of the bill despite having to “deal with every nasty thing” said to and about them by their liberal counterparts.

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He said that on the morning of the vote on that bill, he had shared a certain Bible verse with a fellow lawmaker, one that he viewed as motivation for the political fight: Acts 18:9, which reads: “One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.'”

“You are the people,” Hagenow told the crowd. “You are the people who are with us, so we can keep speaking, and so we can keep on marching forward.”

The fact that this bill was passed and signed into law is a tremendous victory in and of itself for the pro-life movement.

The additional fact that Reynolds and other conservative lawmakers have vowed to not let up and to continue the fight to protect the lives of the unborn is awesome and incredibly hopeful news as well.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
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The School of Life
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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