Iowa lawmakers pass pro-life heartbeat bill in late-night session
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said she will sign into law on Friday a measure that will protect unborn babies after six weeks of pregnancy. The law would take effect immediately after it is signed. The Republican-led state Senate voted 32-17 to pass the bill late Tuesday night, two hours after the state House voted to pass the measure. Reynolds called the special session last week, and lawmakers held a public hearing Tuesday morning before casting their votes.
Have there been other attempts to pass these protections in Iowa? The state Supreme Court last month voted 3-3 to keep in place an injunction on the state’s heartbeat law that Reynolds signed in 2018. Current state law only protects babies from abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The new bill contains exemptions for medical emergencies and cases of rape or incest.
Dig deeper: Read Leah Savas’ report in Vitals about how states are clarifying abortion exceptions in their laws.
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