Latest Iowa Supreme Court News

Iowa governor opts not to appeal fetal heartbeat law ruling

Feb. 18, 2019 8:21 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's governor said Monday she decided against appealing a judge's ruling last month that struck down Iowa's "fetal heartbeat" abortion law, which would have been the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the nation. Gov. Kim Reynolds called it an extremely difficult decision but...

City loses appeal of electrical damage caused by squirrel

Feb. 1, 2019 1:22 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court says an insurance company doesn't have to pay for damages after a squirrel climbed onto an electrical transformer and triggered a high-voltage spark that damaged a city's power substation. The court ruled Friday that the city of West Liberty held an insurance...

Iowa Republicans seek to weaken courts on abortion questions

Jan. 31, 2019 4:42 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than half of the Republican-dominated Iowa Senate has quickly signed on to a constitutional amendment aimed at weakening the state court system's power to review abortion restrictions, just days after an Iowa judge overturned what would have been the nation's broadest such...

Iowa Supreme Court contender was sued over unjustified case

Jan. 24, 2019 5:37 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa county agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a civil rights lawsuit against its top prosecutor last month, days before he applied for a seat on the Iowa Supreme Court. The payment settled a lawsuit that alleged Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren abused his power...

Judge declares Iowa fetal heartbeat law unconstitutional

Jan. 22, 2019 9:48 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state judge on Tuesday struck down Iowa's restrictive "fetal heartbeat" abortion law, which would have been the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the nation. Judge Michael Huppert found the law unconstitutional, concluding that the Iowa Supreme Court's earlier decisions that...

Kansas abortion foes brace for state Supreme Court decision

Jan. 10, 2019 12:28 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion opponents in Kansas have been bracing themselves for nearly two years for a ruling from the state's highest court that protects the right to have an abortion and potentially upends politics in a state long at the center of the national debate. The Kansas Supreme Court is...