A pro-family group in Iowa says there's an opportunity for people – even those who don't live in The Hawkeye State – to add their voice to court records in support of the state's heartbeat law.
Iowa's heartbeat law bans abortion after a baby's heartbeat is detected – that's at or around the six-week mark in pregnancy. However, the ACLU, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, and the Emma Goldman Clinic filed a lawsuit claiming the law violates a woman's rights to due process, liberty, and safety, among other things. A judge has since temporarily blocked the law from taking effect while the lawsuit plays out.
"I would encourage people to go to [our website] and sign the Heartbeat petition," says Drew Zahn of The Family Leader in Iowa, explaining it's not a "typical" petition because the names aren't going to be dropped off somewhere.
"All your names, whether you're in Iowa or not, will be entered into the official court record, urging the judges to protect and defend life," he explains. "That is the first way that we're encouraging people to get involved and make their voices heard in a way that really hasn't been done much before."
Last Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court struck down a law requiring a 72-hour waiting period for an abortion. While justices said that violates the state constitution, Zahn says the Iowa Constitution lists the right to life as Iowa's first and most important right.
"This case is what makes the heartbeat law ... all the more important, because Americans know that when a baby's heart is beating, she's alive – [and] that's why we need the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the heartbeat case," he tells OneNewsNow.