Charlie Neibergall / AP
Updated at 12:44 ET
A judge in Iowa has issued a restraining order for Iowa's so-called Heartbeat Law, one of the most restrictive abortion measures in the United States. The controversial new law prohibits almost all abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected at around six weeks of pregnancy and should come into effect on July 1st.
The law quickly drew a legal challenge from Planned Parenthood and the ACLU of Iowa, stating that the measure would make abortions illegal in cases where women may not have realized that they are pregnant.
A Polk County judge has blocked Iowa's fetal heartbeat The abortion law comes into effect as the Planned Parenthood and ACLU lawsuit progresses. The lawyers of the state approved the injunction.
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"This law is not only completely unconstitutional – it is extremely harmful to women," Planned Parenthood said the lawsuit filed on behalf of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the Emma Goldman Clinic in Iowa City.
Katarina Sostaric of Iowa Public Radio reports that "the lawyers for the state of the injunction agreed" to postpone the law while the lawsuit moves forward.
Sostaric adds via Twitter, "Trials to decide the fate of the fetal heartbeat abortion law will take months, if not longer. "
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the legislation The law provides for some exceptions – such as in cases of rape, incest, fetal abnormalities, or to save the mother's life.
When she signed the bill, Reynolds passed the law hat a statement t hat reads in part, "I believe that all innocent lives are precious and sacred, and as governor I have promised to do everything in my power to protect it. I do that today.
Rita Bettis, Iowa's ACLU, has called the abortion measure "beyond the extreme."
"With this, Iowa politicians have tried to outlaw virtually all abortions for women in Germany," said Bettis earlier this month when the groups filed their lawsuit. " In the 45 years since Roe no federal or state court has upheld such a dangerous law. "