Multiple pro-life measures advance in Iowa legislature

By Dave Andrusko

More good news from Iowa. On Monday, NRL News Today explained how the Iowa Senate approved a resolution that would amend the Iowa Constitution to declare there is no right to an abortion in the state or a require publicly funding.

Yesterday, Iowa Public Radio (IPR)  reported on four pro-life measures that made progress. A Senate panel  “advanced a bill Tuesday that would add requirements around providing an ultrasound before an abortion, and that requires a three-day waiting period between the ultrasound and the abortion,” according to Katarina Sostaric. In addition, “A bill creating licensing requirements for abortion facilities advanced through a House subcommittee and full committee Tuesday.”

On top of that, “[T]he House Human Resources Committee approved a bill that would require abortion providers to inform patients that it ‘may be possible to reverse’ a medication abortion (a reference to Abortion Pill Reversal). Moreover, the committee “also approved a bill that would require women who have a miscarriage, abortion or stillbirth to choose burial or cremation for the fetal remains, and to get a fetal death certificate for pregnancies that end after 12 weeks,” according to Sostaric. “Current law requires fetal death certificates starting at 20 weeks.”

Iowa’s 72-hour waiting period prior to an abortion  was ruled unconstitutional by the Iowa Supreme Court in 2018, meaning the law was blocked from taking effect. But State Sen. Brad Zaun told the Des Moines Register, “It’s something I’m very passionate about.”

Sostaric went on to note that Iowa Public radio asked Zaun

why he is proposing a law that has been declared unconstitutional in the state.

“First of all, we got a new court,” Zaun said. “And I believe in this bill, and I can file any bill that I want.”

Four of the five justices who agreed the waiting period was unconstitutional will be off the court by the end of March. Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds has appointed three justices to the court in recent years and will soon get a fourth choice.

With respect to abortion clinics, the law was specific. It says, Iowa Public Radio reported, 

the Department of Inspections and Appeals would be responsible for establishing licensing standards through administrative rules and for inspecting the facilities annually prior to license renewal. Facilities would have to pay $2,000 for the license.

Under the bill, facilities that offer abortion services must have at least one licensed physician on staff. And the DIA’s licensing rules must cover safety and sanitation, procedure rooms, staff qualifications, infection control and other categories.

Annual inspections? How radical! Meet basic safety and sanitation standards? Outrageous. The next thing you’ll know abortion clinics will be required to have a licensed physician on staff. 

Wait, that’s part of one of the bills. Good news!