DES MOINES, Iowa (May 2, 2018) – On Tuesday, the Iowa Senate gave final approval to a bill that would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat becomes detectable, nullifying the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.
The Senate Human Resources Committee introduced Senate Bill 359 (SF359) in February. The legislation would require a woman wanting an abortion to undergo an ultrasound. If it picks up a fetal heartbeat, healthcare providers would be barred from performing an abortion. The proposed law makes an exception for rape, incest and the life of the mother.
A fetal heartbeat can become detectable as early as six weeks. The proposed law would effectively ban most abortions in Iowa.
If the governor signs SF359, it will undoubtedly set up a confrontation between the state of Iowa and the federal government. The Supreme Court has held that states cannot regulate abortions before a fetus is “viable” – generally around 22 weeks.
Twenty states have banned abortions at 20 weeks or later. …
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