Iowa Senate Passes Bill Banning Abortions Upon Detection Of Fetal Heartbeat

Grace Carr – March 1, 2018

The Iowa Senate voted Wednesday to pass a bill banning abortions if an unborn child’s heartbeat is detected upon ultrasound, moving Iowa one step closer to becoming the first state to ban abortions.

Iowa lawmakers voted 30 to 20 Wednesday for Senate Bill 3143, which outlaws abortion upon the presence of a fetal heartbeat. A heartbeat typically becomes detectable between six and nine weeks gestation. The pending legislation entails any doctor being charged with a Class D felony — subject to five years in prison and a $750-to-$7,500 fine — if they perform or attempt an abortion on a woman after an unborn child’s heartbeat is detected. The bill does, however, allow abortion in cases where the mother’s life is in danger. No exceptions for rape, incest or fetal abnormalities are included in the bill.

“This bill is the logical beginning point for all of civil governance,” Iowa Republican Sen. Amy Sinclair said, according to The Courier. It gets to “the very heart and soul of what it means to be an American, what it means to be a person,” she added.