The Iowa Senate passed landmark pro-life legislation known as the “Heartbeat Bill,” which if put into law would outlaw aborting babies with detectable heartbeats.
Pre-born babies’ hearts begin to form around 21 days into pregnancy, and are detected on ultrasounds just a few weeks later.
Iowa’s Republican-controlled upper chamber approved the bill in a 30-20 vote along party lines, reports the Des Moines Register.
The legislation which now awaits a vote by the state’s lower chamber – also controlled by a Republican majority – would make it a felony for doctors to commit abortions after detecting a fetal heartbeat.
The only exception would be for pregnancies that threaten a mother’s life.
“This bill is the logical beginning point for all of civil governance,” said Sen. Amy Sinclair, adding that it strikes “at the very heart and soul of what it means to be an American, what it means to be a person.”
Sinclair also asserted that the anti-abortion measure is not a war on women, noting, “roughly fifty percent (50%) of the people we are electing to protect here are indeed women, so in fact a failure to pass this bill would be the true war on women in its most pure sense.”
Sen. Jason Schultz, R-Schleswig, who served on the subcommittee which produced the legislation, said he believes culture has been moving towards a pro-life view for decades – a view that has become repulsed by a “holocaust of death” related to abortion.
“This may be what our culture is ready for,” Schultz continued. “Stopping a beating heart is never health care.”
Planned Parenthood gloats: Iowa Catholic Conference ‘neutral’ on Heartbeat Bill
Planned Parenthood is broadcasting that the Iowa Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the Iowa Catholic Bishops, has joined with them and Democrat legislators in opposing the Heartbeat Bill.
The Iowa Catholic Conference was officially “neutral” on the Heartbeat Bill.
After passage of the bill on Wednesday, Planned Parenthood voters of Iowa tweeted, “Iowa Medical Society, Iowa Catholic Conference, common sense: Passing the 6-week abortion ban is a bad idea.” The tweet included a gif of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West shaking their heads.
Iowa Medical Society, Iowa Catholic Conference, common sense: Passing the 6-week abortion ban is a bad idea.
— PP Voters of Iowa (@PPVotesIA) February 28, 2018
— overpasses4America (@o4america) March 4, 2018
When a similar Heartbeat Bill was introduced in Tennessee last year, Tennessee Right to Life opposed it. The organization’s president, Brian Harris, was as far as to testify against the legislation, saying that his group wants to support measures that stand a stronger chance of holding up in court.
Harris warned that no abortion prior to viability of the pre-born baby can be criminalized, adding that the U.S. Supreme Court has already struck down the efforts of two states to enact a similar “heartbeat” law, according to a report in the Memphis Daily News.
Iowa’s Heartbeat Bill still has hurdles to clear. Republican House leaders haven’t said publicly if they will support the bill, according to a report in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. That report also noted, “Republicans hold a 59-41 majority in that chamber. GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds also hasn’t given a definitive answer on the legislation.”
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March 4th, 2018