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>> The most restrictive ban on abortion, anywhere in the US, could go into effect in Iowa. Republican state lawmakers, on Wednesday, passed a bill outlawing the procedure as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected. That can be as early as six weeks, sometimes before a woman realizes she's pregnant.
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The bill isn't just aimed at protecting embryos in utero, but challenging a longstanding Supreme Court decision. Abortion opponents hope the bill will end up before the justices, where a conservative 5-4 majority could overturn constitutional protection for abortion established by the 1973 case Roe v Wade. Iowa's bill follows other recent efforts to roll back abortion rights.
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In March, Mississippi enacted a new law banning abortion after 15 weeks. In April, Kentucky banned a common abortion procedure after the 11th week of pregnancy. The Iowa bill requires any woman seeking an abortion undergo an abdominal ultrasound to screen for a fetal heartbeat. If one is detected, healthcare providers are barred from performing an abortion.
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The bill now goes to the Republican governor, an abortion opponent who has not yet said publicly whether or not she will sign it into law.