However, the monthly bill wouldn't prohibit abortion following six weeks in all cases - some exemptions consist of examples of rape, incest, fetal abnormalities or even to conserve the mother's life, as stated by the bill.
"If death is determined when a heart stops beating that doesn't a beating heart indicate life", said Gov. Kim Reynolds. For me, it is immoral to stop an innocent beating heart.
After the legislature passed the bill on Tuesday, Reynolds said she was pro-life, but had to review its details first.
At a rally in Des Moines on Friday officials of Planned Parenthood, the women's healthcare group and backer of abortion rights, said they would file a lawsuit to block the law. Specifically, it requires a physician to perform an abdominal ultrasound when testing for a detectable fetal heartbeat and to inform the pregnant woman in writing whether a fetal heartbeat was detected, and if so, that an abortion is prohibited.
State senators who backed the measure said earlier this week that they were aiming to challenge the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision that established that women have a constitutional right to an abortion. The Senate approved similar legislation earlier this year, but it stalled in the House of Representatives.More news: Trump is biggest unknown in looming North Korea summit
"It's ridiculous that our government can govern women's bodies", she said.
If Reynolds signs the bill into law, its impact on OB-GYN training at the University of Iowa, the only such program in the state, remains in question. Both of those laws were blocked by federal courts and eventually declared unconstitutional. She credited her faith as the force that "leads her to protect every Iowan, no matter how small". If the state court system agrees with Planned Parenthood and bases its defence of legal abortion on a right in the Iowa state constitution-perhaps the line that "all men and women" have "inalienable rights" including "obtaining safety and happiness"-the United States Supreme Court would have no authority to reconsider that".
Several states have attempted to advance abortion bans in recent years.
Planned Parenthood went so far as to call the legislation "gross" and "dangerous," adding, "See you in court". "I stand behind our governor and her support of a bill that will uphold our pro-life values and outlaw this terrible practice of selling fetal body parts".
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland officials are still calling on the governor to veto the bill, which has received global attention.
With the advancements in medical technology and science, we can now definitively point to the fact that from the moment of conception, a new and unique human life is being formed in the womb.