Iowa governor signs fetal heartbeat bill

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds

UPDATE: Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has signed the bill.

EARLIER UPDATE

After receiving the bill Thursday morning, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has announced that she will sign the fetal heartbeat bill at 3 p.m. on Friday.

The press release from the governor’s office was sent to the press around 1:11 p.m. She’ll sign it in her formal office.

Reynolds’ office has been fielding phone calls from opponents and supporters of the bill. State lawmakers passed the bill in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. When the governor signs it into law, it will become the most restrictive abortion ban in the entire country. 

The legislation bans abortions once a fetus’ heartbeat is detected. That usually happens at six weeks in a pregnancy. It gives exceptions to rape and incest. 

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