RELEASE: Governor Reynolds joins with colleagues on amicus brief defending states’ rights, the unborn

Governor Reynolds protects the unbornDES MOINES – Today, Governor Kim Reynolds joined with 11 additional
governors to defend states’ authority to enact legislation that
protects the unborn.

“For years, democratically elected representatives in states like Iowa
have tried to defend innocent human life only to be stymied by the
Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade,” said Gov. Reynolds. “For too
long, this precedent has trampled on state sovereignty and destroyed
the lives of millions of unborn babies. I am proud to join with
governors from across the country to take a stand for life and
democratic self-government.”

Governor Reynolds signed onto an amicus brief, filed today, in Dobbs
v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The brief urges the Supreme
Court to reconsider its abortion decisions, including Roe v. Wade and
Planned Parenthood of Southeast Pennsylvania v. Casey, and instead
uphold the right of states to enact legislation on this important

“The Court should take this opportunity to correct the mistakes in its
abortion jurisprudence and recognize that the text and original
understanding of the Fourteenth Amendment have nothing to do with
abortion. Rather than creating a federal constitutional right, the
Court should leave regulating abortion to the States, where the people
may act through the democratic process. This Court should hold as
much—and in the process, help restore the constitutional (but
currently disrupted) balance between the Federal Government and the
States,” the governors stated in their amicus brief.

The following governors also signed onto this brief: Governor Henry
McMaster of South Carolina, Governor Kay Ivey of Alabama, Governor
Douglas A. Ducey of Arizona, Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas,
Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, Governor Brian K. Kemp of Georgia,
Governor Brad Little of Idaho,  Governor Michael L. Parson of
Missouri, Governor Greg Gianforte of Montana, Governor J. Kevin Stitt
of Oklahoma, and Governor Greg Abbott of Texas.

[You can read more about this important case here.]