On Wednesday, Iowa lawmakers passed the strictest abortion ban in the nation, and it would ban abortions past six weeks of pregnancy or after a fetal heartbeat is detected. That's before many women realize they are pregnant. The law includes several exceptions including in cases of rape, incest, and with other limited specific exceptions. Governor Reynolds signed that bill into law today.
There was a protest of the bill today at the state capitol, and during this hour of River to River, IPR's Katarina Sostaric and Joyce Russell join guest host Emily Woodbury.
Woodbury also checks in with Alan Kemp, executive director of the Iowa League of Cities about the closing of the Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Iowa, and Father Nils Hernandez, who is pastor of the Trinity Cluster, which includes St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Postville in preview of the tenth anniversary of the 2008 raid by immigration officials.
And Clay Masters talks with Democratic candidate Ross Wilburn, and Libertarian candidate Jake Porter, who are running in the gubernatorial primary taking place June 5.