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Iowa lawmakers want to use their latest abortion ban to overturn Roe v. Wade

Iowa is on its way to turning one of the most severe restrictions on abortion in the country into law.

On Wednesday, state lawmakers passed a bill to ban abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is usually about six weeks into a pregnancy — and, critics charge, long before most women even know they’re pregnant. While the law will almost certainly spark legal challenges, advocates say that’s kind of the point.

“We created an opportunity to take a run at Roe v. Wade — 100 percent,” Republican state Senator Rick Bertrand told Reuters, referring to the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion more than four decades ago. Thanks to President Donald Trump’s appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court bench, many anti-abortion activists are confident that a ruling on abortion’s legality would fall in their favor.

“We at the state legislatures, especially Republican-controlled legislatures, have a responsibility to kind of reload,” Bertrand added to the New York Times. “We need to create vehicles that will allow the Supreme Court possibly to reach back and take this case, and to take up an anti-abortion case.”

In the past, state legislatures dominated by conservative lawmakers have tended to prioritize regulating abortion clinics, not the procedure itself. But abortion rights advocates say that’s changing.

Iowa is on its way to turning one of the most severe restrictions on abortion in the country into law.

On Wednesday, state lawmakers passed a bill to ban abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is usually about six weeks into a pregnancy — and, critics charge, long before most women even know they’re pregnant. While the law will almost certainly spark legal challenges, advocates say that’s kind of the point.

“We created an opportunity to take a run at Roe v. Wade — 100 percent,” Republican state Senator Rick Bertrand told Reuters, referring to the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion more than four decades ago. Thanks to President Donald Trump’s appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court bench, many anti-abortion activists are confident that a ruling on abortion’s legality would fall in their favor.

“We at the state legislatures, especially Republican-controlled legislatures, have a responsibility to kind of reload,” Bertrand added to the New York Times. “We need to create vehicles that will allow the Supreme Court possibly to

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