Iowa passes 'fetal heartbeat' abortion ban, strictest in US

03 May, 2018, 20:37 | Author: Myra Gill
  • The dome of the State Capitol building in Des Moines is shown on Tuesday

One of the nation's most restrictive abortion bills, now on Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' desk, brought widely divergent reactions Wednesday.

A new bill that has passed the Iowa state legislature could limit abortions to the first weeks of a pregnancy.

"We may disagree, and we clearly do disagree, on this issue", Wessel-Kroeschell said.

Iowa lawmakers have passed what could be the most restrictive abortion legislation in the country.

The bill, which contains exceptions for rape, incest and physical threat to the life of the mother, passed without a single Democratic vote in either chamber.

Republican lawmakers rushed a new bill on Wednesday which brings a whole new stringent law against abortions which was sent directly to the governor. "My Republican colleagues, this is the vote of your career".

A proposal to ban abortions as soon as a baby's heartbeat can be detected is front and center in Des Moines Tuesday. If one is detected, health-care providers are barred from performing an abortion.

Programs have up to a year to correct deficiencies, which, she said, would involve either sending students to entities outside the state or the UI establishing its own clinic outside state borders.

But the Republicans pressing the Iowa legislation are making a decisive turn away from the small incremental measures of the past that have, in their view, merely chipped away at abortion rights.

"Women struggling to feed the children they have will find a way to end pregnancy", Wessel-Kroeschell said, perhaps resorting to pre-Roe methods involving coat hangers and "back alley" abortions. In the case that a fetus is a result of rape, the Register reports that the survivor must report that assault to law enforcement or doctors within 45 days of it happening to be allowed an abortion under the law.

Although similar legislation in Arkansas and North Dakota has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal appeals court, Lundgren argued it's time for the United States Supreme Court to revisit the issue.

The almost back-to-back votes come as Iowa lawmakers are on overtime at the state Capitol, trying to pass a spending budget and tax cuts later this week.

Republican Sen. Rick Bertrand of Sioux City said he hopes the bill's passage makes Iowa "ground zero nationally for the life [anti-abortion] movement and the starting line back to the Supreme Court".

"I think this is probably the most restrictive law that's now out there", said Dr. Hal Lawrence from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

"The government tries to get in wherever they can,'s gotta stop somewhere", Foster, Jr. says.

"This bill will be the vehicle that will ultimately provide change and provide the opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade", Sen.

Six Republican representatives voted against the bill.

Senator Matt McCoy, a Democrat from Des Moines, called the bill "anti-woman". "Instead, they've decimated access to family planning because it is not about reducing abortion; it is about oppressing women and catering to a small, extreme interest group".

"I believe arguments of the accreditation, while well-intentioned, are specious ..." said Rep. Jon Jacobsen, R-Treynor.

The bill no longer includes civil or criminal penalties for the physician, as some previous versions have.