Iowa May Adopt Nation’s Strictest Abortion Law

TruNews – May 2, 2018

In the wee hours of the morning, the Iowa General Assembly adopted by large Republican majorities the nation’s strictest abortion restrictions, and yet Christian pro-life advocates in the state are not entirely happy about it.

As originally written, the bill would ban any abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected—generally, after six weeks—with the lone exception being when the life of the mother is threatened. However, an 11th-hour amendment in the House of Representatives tacked on exceptions for rape and incest that are reported within a specified amount of time.

The bill passed in the Senate in late February on a 30-20 “party line” vote, but languished in the House. The amended version was adopted in the House by a 51-46 majority at approximately 12 a.m. EDT while the Senate passed it by a 29-17 margin at 3:30 a.m.

Conservatives and Christians who stayed up throughout the night to follow the deliberations were less than thrilled that it took a watered-down version of the original to get it adopted despite an overwhelming Republican majority in both chambers.