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UPDATE: Iowa judge sets hearing on governor’s abortion order

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa judge has set a hearing for Wednesday to consider whether to block an order by Gov. Kim Reynolds halting abortions in the state.

State district court Judge Andrew Chappell signed an order Monday setting the telephone hearing to consider arguments by abortion providers and the Iowa attorney general's office, which is representing Reynolds.

Abortion providers say Reynolds violated the state constitution by including abortion in an order enacted Friday halting non-emergency medical procedures to preserve medical equipment during the coronavirus pandemic.

Judges in Texas, Alabama and Texas on Monday halted similar efforts in those states.

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa -- The ACLU of Iowa, Planned Parenthood, and Emma Goldman Clinic filed an emergency lawsuit against Governor Kim Reynolds as well as other state officials for the suspension of surgical abortions.

The suspension came under Reynolds' Proclamation of Disaster Emergency on March 27th.

In a news release, the groups called the suspension, “profoundly impact a person’s life, health, and well-being.”

The lawsuit, filed in Johnson County District Court, asks the court to block the Governor’s Proclamation as it applies to abortions.

Associated Press

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