The legislation prohibits abortions after 20 weeks except in a few limited circumstances, including when the mother’s life is at risk. It also would allow abortions up to 24 weeks on unborn babies diagnosed with an anomaly considered to be “incompatible with life,” according to the report. An individual who violates the law could face a Class C felony.
“The conversation and dialogue on this subject has always perplexed me. At 20 weeks, it is a life — it is a girl; it is a boy,” Sen. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, said previously
. “The question that I have always asked myself is, ‘Why shouldn’t that life have rights?’”
State lawmakers also approved a unique amendment to the bill to address future advances in medical technology.
According to the newspaper:
In asking support for the 20-week ban, Sen. Ken Rozenboom, R-Oskaloosa, told the story of a college human biology professor who had kept a three-month-old fetus encased in plastic. A generation earlier, a woman who had been a student in the class became pregnant and considered having an abortion, but decided against it after observing the fetus. Years later, the woman’s daughter met the professor and expressed thanks for her life, he said.
“As we cast this important vote, it is my hope and my prayer that some day down the road a young girl will come up to you and say, ‘Thanks for my life; I appreciate it,’” Rozenboom told his fellow lawmakers.
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