Abortion Pill Reversal measure moves forward in Iowa, first steps taken to amend state constitution to exclude a ‘right to abortion’ or to ‘public funding for abortion’

By Dave Andrusko

If there is an iron rule of thumb, it’s that the more pro-abortionists insist a pro-life initiative is based on “junk science” or “goes against the medical evidence,” the more sure we should be that the measure is solid and sure to cut into the Abortion Industry’s bottom line.

There are already ten states which have informed consent legislation requiring abortion mills to inform a woman who is undergoing a two-drug chemical abortion [“medication abortion”] that if she changes her mind prior to taking the second drug, it may be possible to save her baby. This is commonly referred to as “Abortion Pill Reversal.”

The Abortion Pill Rescue® Network (APRN) reports that over 2,000  babies “are with their moms thanks to Abortion Pill Rescue®.”

Iowa took an important first step this week toward becoming the 11th state when the House Human Services Committee approved HF 53.

“HF 53 would require facilities offering medication abortions to ‘conspicuously’ post information relating to the ‘effectiveness and possibility of avoiding, ceasing, or even reversing the effects of a medication abortion,’” according to the Capitol Digest. “It also requires that a woman give written consent and acknowledgment of receiving that information.”

The proposal now heads to the full House.

The National Catholic Register reports that state lawmakers “passed a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the state constitution which would exclude a ‘right to abortion’ or to public funding for abortion.” 

House Joint Resolution 5 would amend the Iowa state constitution to clarify that it “does not recognize, grant, or secure a right to abortion or require the public funding of abortion.” 

The amendment is particularly prescient for Iowa, as the state’s Supreme Court found a “right to abortion” in the state’s constitution in 2018.  

The Iowa Supreme Court in 2018 struck down a 72-hour waiting period for abortion, on the grounds that “a woman’s right to decide whether to terminate a pregnancy is a fundamental right under the Iowa Constitution.” The proposed amendment would nullify the court’s finding. 

Following a two-hour debate, the resolution passed on January 27 by a vote of 55-44. 

If both the House and Senate approve the language in this legislative session–and again during the 2023-25 session—“the amendment could go to the Iowa voters in 2024 for ratification by a simple majority.”

In addition, SSB 1062 advanced to the full Senate Human Resources Committee. Under this proposal, Capitol Digest explained,

The state would be required to provide the option of a special death certificate to women who lose a pregnancy before 20 weeks. Florida in 2017 became the first state to offer the so-called non-viable birth certificates; Nebraska made them available in 2018.