Iowa has just announced and approved its most restrictive law against abortion just yet which will ban abortion procedures after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
Republican lawmakers rushed a new bill on Wednesday which brings a whole new stringent law against abortions which was sent directly to the governor. The new bill would ban any abortions after 6 weeks or once a fetal heartbeat is detected.
Dubbed as the “Heartbeat” bill, many critics say the new law would ban abortions before many realize they’re even pregnant. Rep. Vicki Lensing spoke during the House floor debate, stating that “How dare we think that the privacy and decisions of a woman and her medical choices are up to us to determine?” and went on to further say, “I am personally offended by this bill that seems to second-guess a woman’s ability to make an unintended and difficult decision.”
Republican Governor Kim Reynolds, who is anti-abortion, has yet to publicly state if she will sign into the law or not.
The new legislation does have its own exemptions which allows for abortions after the 6-week period in extreme cases, such as saving the mothers life or more extreme cases such as rape or incest.
Many Republicans continue to speak highly of the new legislation, as was shown during Tuesday nights debate, with Republican Sandy Salmon saying: “A baby has become something we can throw away. This bill says it’s time to change the way we think about unborn life,”
Republican Senator Jake Chapman also said: “I would love for the United States Supreme Court to look at this bill and have this as a vehicle to overturn Roe v. Wade,”
Many other states have recently been attempting to advance and push for more abortion laws, such as Mississippi, which recently passed a law that prohibits abortions after 15 weeks.