Iowa Supreme Court adopts standard urged by law professor’s amicus brief

Photo of Jessie Hill, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law

Jessie Hill, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law, authored an amicus curiae brief in the Iowa Supreme Court on behalf of several professors of law and women's studies, arguing that the state's 72-hour waiting period for an abortion is unconstitutional.

The brief also argued that the court should adopt a stricter standard under the Iowa Constitution for evaluating abortion restrictions than the standard that applies under the federal Constitution. On June 29, in Planned Parenthood of the Heartland v. Reynolds, the Iowa Supreme Court held the law unconstitutional and adopted the standard urged by Professor Hill's amicus brief.