After signing the nation’s strictest abortion ban into law, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said there is still more work ahead, The Hill reported on Sunday.
“We know that our work is not done, that we must continue to work together to change the hearts and minds,” Reynolds said Saturday during the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual event, according to the Des Moines Register. “But I’ll tell you what, we’re not slowing down, we’re not going to stop. It’s a fight worth fighting.”
Reynolds added that “We are No. 1 in the country when it comes to protecting life. I believe all innocent life is precious and sacred, and as governor I pledge to you to do everything in my power to protect life.”
The legislation requires doctors to conduct an abdominal ultrasound to test for a fetal heartbeat on any woman seeking an abortion and forbid performing one if a heartbeat is detected, according to The Hill.
Experts say that a fetal heartbeat can usually be detected about six weeks into a pregnancy. Those opposing the legislation say that is often times before a woman even knows she is pregnant.
The ban was signed into law earlier this month and goes into effect July 1 unless the courts stop it. Opponents have vowed to file a lawsuit against the ban.
Other states have tried to pass similar restrictions on abortions, but the courts have blocked those moves.