Senate File 359 Prohibiting certain actions regarding fetal body parts passed out of the Senate and will now go to the House for consideration. The bill states: “A person shall not knowingly acquire, provide, receive, otherwise transfer, or use a fetal body part in this state, regardless of whether the acquisition, provision, receipt, transfer, or use is for valuable consideration.”
This bill is especially important given what we know based on the videos produced recently by the Center for Medical Progress and the complete disregard for human life and the profit made from their precious innocent little bodies.
Thank you Senator Chapman for passing this important legislation through the Senate. Please contact your Representatives in the House and encourage them to also pass this so we can move it to the Governor’s desk and make this the law in Iowa.
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Senate File 471- the 20-week bill has passed out of the Senate and will now go the House for consideration. IFL supports the idea of a 20-week bill, however, this bill has added a fetal anomaly amendment which is unacceptable. This would allow the abortion where the child in the womb has been diagnosed with a condition that may cause her death in utero or, if she is born alive, will result in her death or the need for life sustaining procedures for the rest of her life.
There are two reasons for our concern regarding this exception:
- The fetal anomaly provision is a mistaken response to the sad and rare stories we have heard. Each of them involves a mother whose child was going to die naturally, and a tragedy is supposed to lie in her inability to have it torn painfully apart sooner as a solution to the problem. The provision presupposes that the suffering of an afflicted and dying child is worse than what she would experience being aborted. But the 20 week thresh-hold is based on the baby’s ability to feel pain. The exception would replace the tragic, natural death of an unborn child with a horrendous death by abortion. Most lethal conditions in utero can be reliably diagnosed well before 20 weeks. More and more care centers are recognizing the value in caring for these lethal conditions with perinatal hospice.
- A competent adult may certainly decline procedures that burden a dying person. But killing that person is illegal. Under Iowa law, direct euthanasia is murder, and assisted suicide is a felony. Nowhere has the legislature expressed approval for killing a child who is dying. The fetal anomaly provision would specifically sanction that.
IFL firmly rejects the fetal anomaly provision and urges its removal before the bill is further considered.