Iowa Supreme Court Says State Constitution Does Not Protect Abortion Rights

Iowa Supreme Court Says State Constitution Does Not Protect Abortion Rights


The Iowa Supreme Court overturned a four-year-old decision on Friday, ruling that the state’s constitution does not protect the right to an abortion.

The decision comes as the United States Supreme Court prepares to release its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization — which could result in a reversal of landmark abortion cases Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey — and opens the door for the Iowa legislature to introduce more restrictive regulations or a complete abortion ban if that occurs.

The Iowa court, which has shifted to the Right in recent years, overturned a 2018 decision stating that abortion was a protected fundamental right under the state constitution’s due process clause. The ruling also struck down a law that would have imposed a 72-hour waiting period

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