Iowa’s Catastrophic Fetal Heartbeat Bill

The state of Iowa is now home to one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws. Early on Wednesday after a debate that went into the late hours of the night, the Iowa House and Senate voted on party lines to pass a bill banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected – as early as six weeks into a pregnancy and before many women even know they are pregnant. This legislation effectively bans abortion in the state with the only exceptions being if the mother’s life is in danger and in some cases of rape and incest.

This is unbelievable. Women’s health care decisions are a personal matter, and the government has no place legislating what we do with our bodies. We cannot go backward to a time when Women obtained abortions in back alley clinics and by other horrifying methods that placed our lives in danger. A woman’s right to choose was settled in 1973 by Roe v. Wade, and those rights must remain in place across the state of Iowa.

Not only does this law threaten the rights of women all across the state, but it is also a threat to educational opportunity in Iowa. Part of this law states that OB/GYNs cannot be trained on abortion in the state, which is a requirement for training in their programs. Students who could have studied obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa will now potentially have to go out of state, costing them much more in tuition and potentially causing Iowa to lose some great physicians.

My opponent Roby Smith votes for bills that are going to hurt our rights and opportunities. It is clear now more than ever that a change is needed in our state legislature.

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