On Monday, a subcommittee of the Iowa House Human Resources Committee passed an extreme anti-abortion bill (HF 153), introduced by Representative Kim Pearson (R-Pleasant Hill), that would ban abortions in Iowa even in cases of rape and incest. If passed, the bill, which defines life as beginning at conception would reverse Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, in the state of Iowa.
Representative Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (D-Ames) criticized the bill stating, "I believe contraception would be illegal under this bill. There are consequences when we pass legislation."
The bill will now go to the Iowa House Human Resources Committee for a vote. The Committee is also currently considering a bill that would restrict late abortions; however the bill has not received enough votes to move to the House for a vote.
Media Resources: National Partnership for Women and Families 2/16/11; Des Moines Register 2/15/11; Associated Press 2/14/11; Feminist Daily Newswire 1/26/11
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