Planned Parenthood Dismisses Lawsuit Against Iowa Governor After State Supreme Court Found No Right to Abortion in State Constitution

Every Planned Parenthood loss or retreat is a win for unborn babies everywhere.

Under Iowa law, abortion providers must wait 24 hours before killing unborn babies and fully inform women about abortion and its alternatives. Abortion giant Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit against Governor Kim Reynolds challenging the law. A court ruled the law unconstitutional, but the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in June that the law could go into effect.

The verdict was handed down before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The state’s highest court also reversed its own court’s 2018 decision that the right to kill unborn babies was protected by the state’s constitution.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) announced that Planned Parenthood last week dismissed its lawsuit against the governor. ADF filed an amicus brief on behalf of 60 state lawmakers.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overruling Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Reynolds retained ADF attorneys to represent the state on remand in the 24-hour case. She also retained ADF attorneys to ask an Iowa district court to lift its 2019 injunction against enforcement of Iowa’s fetal heartbeat law. That motion is expected to be filed soon.

A court had ruled Iowa’s six-week ban on abortion unconstitutional. Sources reported that Gov. Reynolds will ask courts to revive the ban.

“Every woman should have the information she needs to make the healthiest choice for herself and her unborn baby,” said ADF attorney and ADF Center for Life director Denise Harle said. “Now that the Iowa Supreme Court has rightly recognized there is no constitutional right to an abortion—and Planned Parenthood has dropped its baseless case against Gov. Reynolds—state legislators have substantially more freedom to protect the most vulnerable citizens and empower women with the time and information they need before making such a life-alerting decision.”

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