The 20-Week Abortion Ban passed the Senate and is headed to the Governor's desk. He has expressed his support in signing this bill.
What does this bill include:
- Bans all abortions after 20 weeks except when the mother's health is in danger.
- 3 day waiting period for women seeking abortions. This gives women time to view all her options after speaking with the abortion facility.
- No exception for rape or incest, or fetal anomaly.
This bill does not have any criminal penalties, although it does allow women to pursue civil cases to be brought against providers who perform illegal abortions. It also states that physicians can be brought before the Iowa Board of Medicine if they violate this law. With this legislation, Iowa would become the sixth state to have waiting periods, and seventeen other states have enacted a 20-week abortion ban.