Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) said Saturday that even though she has signed the nation’s strictest abortion ban into law, there is still more that needs to be done.
“We know that our work is not done, that we must continue to work together to change the hearts and minds,” Reynolds said, according to the Des Moines Register. “But I’ll tell you what, we’re not slowing down, we’re not going to stop. It’s a fight worth fighting.”
“We are No. 1 in the country when it comes to protecting life,” Reynolds said. “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.”
Reynolds signed the “heartbeat bill” into law on May 4th, which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected which typically occurs 6 weeks into pregnancy.
the measure requires women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound before the procedure to determine whether the fetus has a heartbeat.
The bill is expected to face legal opposition; Planned Parenthood has promised to file a lawsuit. Meanwhile many conservative state lawmakers are trying to pass new laws that could prompt a review of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision on abortion.