Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Iowa House Passes Bill Banning Late-Abortions on Babies After 20 Weeks

The Iowa House passed a bill Wednesday that would ban most abortions in the state at 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill passed 55-41 and heads back to the Senate for a final vote before going to Gov. Terry Branstad, who has supported such a law.

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:
The Senate adopted an amendment to the bill proposed by Sen. Mark Chelgren, R-Otttumwa, that would prohibit abortions before 20 weeks if a fetus is viable. He said in an interview the amendment is aimed at the future so that as technology improves and the viability for a fetus can be earlier than Iowa’s law can follow the technology.

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.
All except two Democrats voted against the bill. . . . Read More

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1 comment :

Kathy McEachern said...

It's a start, I suppose.