Reproductive rights groups file suit to stop Iowa's new 6-week abortion ban

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A group of reproductive rights groups said Wednesday they had sued to stop Iowa’s newly passed six-week abortion ban from going into effect.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and the Emma Goldman Clinic, a women’s health care facility in Iowa City, filed the legal challenge in a state court Wednesday afternoon — less than 12 hours after the Republican-controlled Legislature passed the ban.

The suit, filed in Iowa District Court for Polk County, seeks a temporary injunction. If it is granted, the law would be blocked while the legal challenge plays out in the court system.

In a phone call with reporters, the groups filing the suit said the initial hearing in the case was scheduled to occur Friday at 1:30 p.m. local time — shortly before Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds is scheduled to sign the bill. Officials with the groups said they expect the case to reach the state Supreme Court.