A federal judge in Iowa will block a new Iowa law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, similar to legislation struck down by a federal court in Arkansas.

But I wonder: Will the ultra-conservative 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Iowa, find a way around what has been bedrock Supreme Court precedent preventing abortion bans pre-viability. It found a way to ignore clear precedent in the recent case of the Arkansas law that effectively has banned medication abortions in Arkansas, alone among the 50 states.

Anti-abortion groups are hoping that one or another of these extreme laws will eventually reach the Supreme Court and, with a change in membership, bring an end to Roe v. Wade.


Note: The Iowa attorney general has refused to defend the law.