As expected, Mitchell E. Turner, District Court Judge for the Sixth Judicial District in Iowa, granted an injunction to the 24 Hour Bill which was scheduled to go into force today.
Planned Parenthood and the ACLU filed a lawsuit to block the bill before Governor Reynolds even had a chance to sign it into law.
The bill is on hold as it grinds through a legal process to a dubious conclusion. Judge Turner’s injunction reveals the shocking overreach of the Iowa Supreme Court who discovered a “fundamental right” to an abortion in the Iowa Constitution in 2018.
Over half of the states in this country have AT LEAST 24 hour waiting periods before an abortion can be performed. As reasonable as this restriction is, Judge Turner nonetheless allowed the injunction.
Even more, Iowa law requires waiting periods before other life-changing events, such as adoption and marriage, and even non life-changing events, such as the purchase of a vacuum cleaner.
Surely a life-or-death decision like human abortion deserves at least the same level of discernment as the purchase of a Dyson V11 Torque Drive.
It is unconscionable that unelected, extremist Iowa Supreme Court judges have so undermined the pro-life impulse of Iowa voters. We need the Protect Life Amendment more than ever.