The bill, House File 2298 would outlaw all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest or to save the life of the mother. Any person who purposefully terminates a pregnancy would face a prison sentence of up to life in prison.
Iowa Democrats complain Republicans have lost focus on jobs, which is a legitimate complaint. Another legitimate complaint is that Republicans are insistent on criminalizing abortion and controlling women’s health because of a belief they hold that women are not, by their nature, equal beings as men.
Can we just start saying this out loud already?
The impact of House File 2298 making its way into law is clear: women who miscarry will face criminal investigations to determine whether that pregnancy was terminated “purposefully”, women facing an unintended pregnancy in the midst of treatment for another medical condition like cancer would be mandated to carry that pregnancy to term even if it kills her, and thousands of desperate women will still try to abort.
And the outcome will always be the same. Women will die. Women will die avoidable deaths. And those that don’t die will become criminals.
So yes, I guess I’d say the Republicans have lost focus, on jobs. So since that’s happened, let’s start calling them out on what they have focused on instead: a public declaration that the lives of American women are simply and completely disposable.
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