Bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks heads to Governor Terry Branstad

MGN Online

With the Senate's final vote of 30-20 Tuesday evening, a bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks is now going to Governor Terry Branstad, who has indicated his support for the measure.

The House passed it a few weeks ago, adding to it a provision that would require a woman to wait three days before getting an abortion and a doctor would have to provide materials promoting adoption as an option.

However, some Republican lawmakers argued the bill didn't go far enough. State Sen. Rick Bertrand, R - Sioux City, introduced an amendment that would've banned most abortions after one week, but it was ruled not germane.

"In this chamber, we're going to go to the mat for collective bargaining, we're going to go to the mat for work comp, we're just going to go to the mat, but when it comes to life, we're not going to the mat," Bertrand said during the debate. "Because this is all we can get...are you kidding me?"

The bill does not make exceptions for rape, incest or fetal anomalies that could lead to death after birth.

Democrats argued that having the waiting period was an insult to women.

"Abortion is a legal procedure in Iowa," State Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D - Iowa City, said. "Iowa women should have access to it based on their desire to have access to it."

Both Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds recently indicated support for the measure during a "Rally for Life" event at the statehouse.

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