Abortion: judge temporarily blocks controversial heartbeat law in Iowa

The strictest abortion law in the US will not take effect on 1 July after an agreement between state lawyers and advocacy groups

A judge will temporarily block the most restrictive abortion law in the country from taking effect in Iowa next month under an agreement between lawyers for the state and abortion rights groups.

Attorneys for the state and Republican governor Kim Reynolds agreed Friday to prevent the law from taking effect on 1 July after discussions with the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Emma Goldman clinic, a women’s reproductive health facility in Iowa City.

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