DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday morning about lifting the fetal heartbeat bill injunction.

Back in 2018, Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill, which would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. That’s usually around six weeks and often before a woman even knows she is pregnant.

A Polk County district court judge then enjoined that law, which has kept lawmakers from enforcing the ban.

A motion to dissolve the injunction against the fetal heartbeat bill was filed by Gov. Reynolds in August of 2022, after the federal right to abortion was struck down in June of that year by the U.S. Supreme Court when it overturned Roe v. Wade.

Governor Reynolds’ legal team argued that now that the state and U.S. Constitutions have shifted away from abortions being a fundamental right, the injunction must now be lifted.

“The law that is at issue here is just a reasonable law passed to affirm life and we think that under the court’s case law, the law is clearly on our side. That it is a constitutional law under both the state and federal constitution,” said Chris Schandevel, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom.

Planned Parenthood’s legal team said that if this becomes law, it would stop 98% of abortions in Iowa. The team also argued that this is not the proper channel to go through to revive the 2018 bill.

“I did focus on the procedural arguments and I think that’s in part because of what the state really did in this case, which is they are trying to revive this law without going through the proper procedures, so we wanted to make sure that point was highlighted to the court,” said Peter Im, staff attorney for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

The court isn’t expected to issue a ruling in the case until late June.