Iowa’s ‘Six-Week’ Abortion Ban Is Blocked For Now. But Remember: ‘Six Weeks’ Is Actually Two

Late Tuesday night, Iowa’s state legislature voted to ban most abortions after around six weeks of pregnancy. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) will sign the bill on Friday, and it will take immediate effect. Once passed, there will be two states—Iowa and Georgia—that ban abortion after around six weeks since a person’s last menstrual period. Total bans are in effect in 14 additional states: Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Laws that restrict abortion in this way rely on “scientific” claims that have very little grounding in actual science, and fly in the face of medical expertise. After all, most women don’t even know they’re pregnant when only six weeks along.