DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds released the following statement Friday after signing the heartbeat bill, Senate File 359 (an Act prohibiting and requiring certain actions relating to a fetus and providing penalties):
“I believe that all innocent life is precious and sacred, and as governor, I pledged to do everything in my power to protect it. That is what I am doing today. I understand that not everyone will agree with this decision. But if death is determined when a heart stops beating, then doesn’t a beating heart indicate life? For me, it is immoral to stop an innocent beating heart. For me, it is sickening to sell fetal body parts. For me, my faith leads me to protect every Iowan, no matter how small.
“I understand and anticipate that this will likely be challenged in court, and that courts may even put a hold on the law until it reaches the Supreme Court. However, this is bigger than just a law. This is about life. I am not going to back down from who I am or what I believe in.”
This week, Iowa’s Republican-controlled legislature approved what some say is the land’s most-restrictive law yet on abortion. Abortions cannot be performed once a beating heart is detected in a fetus. The law will be challenged in a lawsuit, Democratic lawmakers say.
Reynolds signed the heartbeat bill Friday this afternoon in the Governor’s Formal Office at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.
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