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Iowa House Committee passes measure that would ban abortions after 20 weeks

by | Mar 30, 2017

By Dave Andrusko

After nearly two hours of debate, the Iowa House Human Resources Committee Wednesday adopted an amended measure that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. The vote was 11-8 with all Republicans but one voting in favor, and all Democrats in opposition.

A proposal to ban abortions after a heartbeat is detected was dropped.

According to the Gazette’s James Q. Lynch, the bill

will have to win the support of the full House before returning to the Senate where a similar, but not identical, 20-week abortion ban was approved 32-17.

In addition to prohibiting an abortion after 20 weeks, Lynch writes, the amended bill

states that life begins at fertilization, allows an exemption for the life and health of the mother, and would subject physicians who violate the law to medical board discipline.

It also includes reporting requirements for physicians who perform abortions and the Department of Public Health and allows a woman who has an abortion after 20 weeks to seek damages from the physician if the abortion was performed intentionally or recklessly. The amendment also allows the parents of a minor woman, a county attorney or the state attorney general to seek injunctive relief to prevent a physician from performing an abortion in violation of the law.

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