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Iowa Senate Passes Abortion Constitutional Amendment Bill

Posted On: Feb 14, 2020   |   Posted By: Who TV

Des Moines, IOWA - Senate Republicans took the first major step Thursday to overturn a 2018 Iowa Supreme Court ruling that provides a constitutional right to an abortion in the state.
The resolution passed the Senate 32-18 along party lines with only Republican votes in favor.
The language of the bill reads, in part: “we the people of the state of Iowa declare that this Constitution shall not be construed to recognize, grant or secure a right to abortion or to require the public funding of abortion.”
It must pass in the House and then pass in the legislature again in 2021 or 2022 before it would go to a statewide vote.
If it survives and voters eventually approve it, the amendment would make state court challenges to abortion restrictions much more difficult in Iowa.
The measure is a response to an Iowa Supreme Court ruling in 2018 that struck down the legislature's 72-hour waiting period for an abortion. In that ruling the court more broadly declared that the state constitution guarantees women the freedom...

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