Iowa governor signs strictest abortion regulation in US


Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a six-week abortion ban into law on Friday, marking the strictest abortion regulation in the nation but setting the state up for a lengthy court fight.

The Republican governor signed the bill in her formal office at the state Capitol. She acknowledged the new law would likely be challenged in court, but said “this is bigger than just a law.” As she signed the bill, protesters gathered outside her office chanted “my body, my choice!”

Reynolds hadn’t indicated before Friday whether she would approve the legislation, but noted: “I’m pro-life. I’m proud to be pro-life. I’ve made that very clear.”

Maggie DeWitte, who leads the group Iowans for Life, called Reynolds’ move “historic.”

“We couldn’t be more pleased,” DeWitte said. “She is following through on her pledge to the people of Iowa that she is 100 percent pro-life.”

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