To the Governor: Iowa Bill Would Ban Abortions After a Heartbeat Is Detected, Setting Foundation to Nullify Roe v. Wade

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.

The Senate gave final approval to SF359 by a 29-17 vote. The House passed the measure 51-46. It now moves to Gov. Kim Reynolds’ desk for her consideration.

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. …

Read more at The Tenth Amendment Center
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