Iowa Lawmakers Pass Bill Banning "Fetal Heartbeat" Abortions

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The Iowa State Legislature passed legislation on Wednesday aimed at banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

"If these lawmakers really wanted to decrease the need for abortion, they would work to increase access to birth control", Davison-Rippley said.

Six Republicans in the House did not join the majority of their caucus and vote in favor of a bill that bans abortions once a baby's heartbeat is detected. Spokeswoman Brenna Smith issued a statement saying Reynolds is "100 percent pro-life and will never stop fighting for the unborn".

The legislation is aimed at triggering a challenge to Roe v. Wade, the US Supreme Court's 1973 landmark decision which established that women have a constitutional right to an abortion, activists on both sides of the issue said.

"Republicans who debated Senate File 359 late into the night Tuesday said they hope their law will face a legal challenge so it can advance to the U.S. Supreme Court". According to the bill's author, in enacting this bill, the Iowa Legislature recognized that family farms often present special circumstances, where non-economic factors should be given fair consideration in addition to simply ordering a procedure most likely to yield the highest sale price.

The Supreme Court has declined to hear similar cases in recent years. The court has ruled women can legally have abortions until the fetus would be viable outside the womb, normally at about 24 weeks.

In the meantime, Trump continues to appoint federal judges to lower courts "and all the other justices have gotten three years older", said Martin Cannon, a senior counsel for the Thomas More society, a national law firm that defends abortion restrictions and religious freedom laws around the country.

Supporters and opponents of the Iowa measure say that if the governor signs the bill they expect it will swiftly trigger a court fight. Jake Chapman, a Republican from Adel.




Democrats called the bill "intentionally unconstitutional". "And the libertarian in me said government should stay neutral or stay out of the decision making process", Hein said.

"None of you went to medical school, yet you Republican politicians are making risky medical decisions".

The bill also includes language granting women legal immunity, but it does not do so for physicians.

"We are a pipeline for obstetrics and gynecology in the state of Iowa", she said.

Iowa lawmakers have again taken extreme measures to block access to safe, legal abortion.

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller told reporters Wednesday he's reviewing whether his office would defend the bill if signed into law, acknowledging his staff is reviewing its constitutionality. Among other things, the bill appropriates funds to the Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa State University and the University of Iowa ($39.43 million).

"This vote represents a remarkable step forward in the defense of human life", Plaats wrote on group's website. A total of 26 bills that seek to ban abortion in some way have been proposed.

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