Suit filed against "fetal heartbeat" law

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the Emma Goldman Clinic in Iowa City are suing to stop Iowa's new fetal heartbeat law from taking effect. ACLU-Iowa Legal Director Rita Bettis says they've filed for an immediate injunction against the law that bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which usually comes around six weeks into pregnancy. She says they're asking for hearing soon, as the law is scheduled to take effect in July.  Meantime, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is disqualifying himself from defending the law in court. In a letter to the state's Executive Council, Solicitor General Jeffrey Thompson says the attorney general determines that he "could not zealously assert the state's position because of his core belief that the statute, if upheld, would undermine rights and protections for women"

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