Iowa’s pro-life politicians are trying very hard to pass a ban on abortion after 20 weeks conception. But they’ve got some people standing in their way: Iowa’s even more extreme anti-abortion politicians.
Via the Des Moines Register:
An ideological difference among Iowa House Republicans has sidelined their push to narrow the state’s abortion laws and keep a Nebraska doctor from opening a Council Bluffs abortion clinic.
The disagreement: Two key Republicans say the bill does not go far enough. Instead of stopping abortion after 20 weeks, they want to enact a law to end all abortions in Iowa.
The two representatives – Kim Pearson of Pleasant Hill and Glen Massie of Des Moines – sit on the Human Resources Committee, and their votes are needed to move the legislation, House File 5, out of the committee.
“It would codify deaths of babies from zero to 19 weeks, and I’m not willing to do that,” Pearson said. “I want to protect all life, not just some.”
Rather than a 20 week “fetal pain” abortion ban, which would mirror the legislation passed in Nebraska last year and serve as a buffer to keep Dr. Leroy Carhart, a provider of late-term abortions who announced he will be working a new clinic in Council Bluffs in the near future, the Representatives are pushing for a total abortion ban. They have also proposed a ban after 12 weeks, and a “personhood” constitutional amendment like the failed effort in Colorado in 2010.
Although incremental abortion restrictions like the 20 week ban may have had a slight chance of passing the Senate, where Democrats still hold a majority, radical bans would be much less likely to make it into law, making the move to propose the most extreme measures possible somewhat counterproductive.
Abortion in Iowa is currently allowed past the point of viability only when a women’s life or health is in danger.