The United States\u0026#039; most restrictive abortion ban—which Republicans in Iowa explicitly put forward with the hope of triggering a U.S. Supreme Court fight over Roe vs. Wade—was struck down by a federal judge late Tuesday, with the Polk County District Court declaring the legislation unconstitutional.The so-called \u0022fetal heartbeat\u0022 bill would have effectively outlawed all abortions in Iowa by banning the procedure as soon as fetal cardiac activity is detected—this happens at around six weeks of pregnancy, before many women even discover they are pregnant.\u0022NARAL will always be on the frontlines fighting to protect our freedom to control our own lives.\u0022 —Ilyse Hogue, NARAL Pro-Choice America\u0022Today\u0026#039;s victory is essential to the rights and safety of women in Iowa,\u0022 said Rita Bettis Austen, ACLU of Iowa legal director. \u0022It follows in the footsteps of the Iowa Supreme Court decision on abortion in 2018 that recognized the fundamental right to a safe and legal abortion for Iowa women, which cannot be legislated away. Today\u0026#039;s decision upholds women\u0026#039;s freedom and equality in Iowa.\u0022The district court issued a permanent injunction, with Judge Michael Huppert writing in his ruling (pdf), \u0022It is undisputed that such cardiac activity is detectable well in advance of the fetus becoming viable.\u0022But as reproductive rights advocates have come to expect with similar rulings, anti-choice groups have vowed to appeal the decision with the goal of eventually bringing it before the U.S. Supreme Court, which currently has a right-wing majority. One state senator told reporters when the law was first passed, \u0022We created an opportunity to take a run at Roe vs. Wade—100 percent.\u0022\u0022In striking down the blatantly unconstitutional Iowa abortion ban,\u0022 said NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue, Huppert \u0022sent a message that women’s rights will not be used as political pawns in anti-choice extremists\u0026#039; attempts to impose their ideology on others. Still, we know that Gov. Kim Reynolds and the anti-choice organizations that support her will stop at nothing until they eviscerate our basic human rights.\u0022\u0022Today, we applaud this win for women and families everywhere, but tomorrow, we get up and fight harder than before. NARAL will always be on the frontlines fighting to protect our freedom to control our own lives,\u0022 Hogue added.The ruling was handed down on the 46th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision, as pro-choice groups like the National Abortion Federation (NAF) reminded women of the numerous anti-choice laws that have violated their constitutional rights since the 1973 ruling.\u0026nbsp;26. Instead of sneak attacks on the right to make your own constitutionally-protected, private medical decisions, some anti-abortion politicians prefer blatant attacks on #RoevWade w/medically-unnecessary \u0026amp; unconstitutional bans (which is why some are blocked by courts). #Roe46 pic.twitter.com/oZJM4MCAcP— NAF (@NatAbortionFed) January 22, 2019Planned Parenthood declared the court ruling \u0022a great way to honor\u0022 Roe vs. Wade.\u0022We are grateful the court blocked Gov. Reynolds\u0026#039; egregious attempt to ban safe, legal abortion in Iowa. Planned Parenthood will continue to stand up for Iowa women and fight back against the legislature\u0026#039;s attacks on reproductive health. We will do all we can to make sure abortion continues to be safe and legal in our state—no matter what,\u0022 said Erin Davidson-Rippey, the group\u0026#039;s state executive director for Iowa.