Iowa becomes third state this year to ban abortions after 20 weeks


Iowa is the latest state to put stricter limits on abortion access. On Wednesday, the Iowa state House approved legislation which would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Iowa currently prohibits abortions after the end of the second trimester. Iowa is the 18th state to ban abortions after 20 weeks. Following the lead of Ohio and Kentucky, Iowa is the third state to set the 20-week limit this year.

Not only will women be required take a three-day waiting period before actually going through with an abortion, they will also have to submit to an ultrasound before an abortion takes place.

Most states with 20-week abortion bans do permit abortions in the case of a woman whose life or health is in danger, and Iowa is no exception. The new law does not allow a woman to end a pregnancy if the fetus shows signs of genetic problems.

The Republican-controlled Iowa state House passed the measure despite opposition from Democrats.

Gov. Terry Branstad (R) is expected to sign the final measure before he leaves office to become President Trump’s ambassador to China.

Pro-life advocates said the new law will help save the lives of many pre-born babies in Iowa but that more needs to be done. According to Bob Vander Plaats of The Family Leader organization, “We will celebrate any baby’s life saved, and this 20-week ban is a good, baby step toward that end, but it’s not enough.”

H/T: The Hill

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