Iowa could become the latest state to prohibit abortions after six weeks of pregnancy if a state court approves the governor's request.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds

Kim Reynolds is in Davenport, Iowa, on October 31, 2020

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After promising in June that she would do so, Reynolds filed a motion in state district court asking for the injunction to be lifted.

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled last year that abortion rights are protected under the state's constitution.

The Iowa Supreme Court overturned its precedent in June after Reynolds appointed new justices to the court and it became more conservative.

Reynolds argued that the ban should be allowed to take effect since it was previously blocked.

Rape, incest, fetal abnormality and medical emergencies are exceptions to the six-week ban.

One of the parties that brought the initial lawsuit against the ban has yet to respond.

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The Iowa Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court have overturned precedents on abortion rights. The court has a duty to let Iowa enforce its law.

A majority of the time. The Register notes that the percentage of Iowans who want abortion to be legal in all or most cases is the highest it has ever been.

Key Background

Reynolds wants the courts to allow the six-week abortion ban that was previously blocked in Georgia, Ohio and South Carolina. It's the latest in a number of abortion lawsuits to be playing out in state court, as abortion rights advocates have filed lawsuits in over a dozen states asking for abortion bans to be struck down under state law. Prior to the Iowa Supreme Court's ruling in June, the state was one of six in which state courts had protected abortion rights. Republicans in some of those states are hoping their state justices will follow Iowa's lead, with a legal battle now playing out in Florida over the state's 15-week abortion ban and Montana politicians calling for the precedent in that state to be overturned.

The state court struck down the right to procedure.

The fate of abortion in Iowa is in the court's hands.