Governor Reynolds responds to the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision today


Governor Kim Reynolds Lt. Governor Adam Gregg  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 16, 2023  
CONTACT: Kollin Crompton, (515) 745-2840, 

Gov. Reynolds, Republican Leadership Respond to  
Iowa Supreme Court’s Opinion on Fetal Heartbeat Bill Injunction 

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Supreme Court failed to exercise its authority to review the Fetal Heartbeat case, leaving the injunction in place. Governor Reynolds, Senate Majority Leader Whitver, and Speaker of the House Grassley issued the following statements.

Governor Kim Reynolds:  

“To say that today’s lack of action by the Iowa Supreme Court is a disappointment is an understatement. Not only does it disregard Iowa voters who elected representatives willing to stand up for the rights of unborn children, but it has sided with a single judge in a single county who struck down Iowa’s legislation based on principles that now have been flat-out rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court. There is no fundamental right to abortion and any law restricting it should be reviewed on a rational basis standard – a fact acknowledged today by three of the justices.  Still, without an affirmative decision, there is no justice for the unborn. 

“But the fight is not over. There is no right more sacred than life, and nothing more worthy of our strongest defense than the innocent unborn. We are reviewing our options in preparation for continuing the fight.” 

Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver:  

“I disagree with the Supreme Court’s opinion today. Their decision a year ago, correctly overturning the 2018 decision, should reasonably be considered a substantial change in the law and the injunction should have been lifted. Senate Republicans have a consistent record of defending life, including the passage of the Heartbeat Bill. We will work with Governor Reynolds and the House to advance pro-life policies to protect the unborn.” 

Speaker of the House Pat Grassley: 

“I’m extremely disappointed in the Supreme Court’s opinion today. We feel strongly that the Heartbeat Bill is a good piece of legislation that would save the innocent lives of unborn children. Going forward we will work together to pass legislation that will protect life, support new mothers, and promote strong families in Iowa.” 

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