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Iowa Senate Passes Bill Banning Abortions on Babies with Beating Hearts: "Stopping a Beating Heart is Never Healthcare"

Doug Mainwaring : Mar 2, 2018  Lifesitenews.com

If the bill is signed into law by Governor Kim Reynolds, "Iowa would be the first state to recognize what science already affirms: a baby in the womb has her own unique DNA, her own unique heartbeat, is her own unique person." -Bob Vander Plaats

(Des Moines, IA)—[Lifesitenews.com] On Wednesday, the Iowa Senate passed landmark pro-life legislation known as the "Heartbeat Bill," which if put into law would outlaw aborting babies with detectable heartbeats. (Photo: Creative Commons/via Pixabay)

Pre-born babies' hearts begin to form around 21 days into pregnancy, and are detected on ultrasounds just a few weeks later.

Iowa's Republican-controlled upper chamber approved the bill in a 30-20 vote along party lines.

The legislation which now awaits a vote by the state's lower chamber—also controlled by a Republican majority—would make it a felony for doctors to commit abortions after detecting a fetal heartbeat.

The only exception would be for pregnancies that threaten a mother's life.

"This bill is the logical beginning point for all of civil governance," said Sen. Amy Sinclair, adding that it strikes "at the very heart and soul of what it means to be an American, what it means to be a person."

Sinclair also asserted that the anti-abortion measure is not a war on women, noting, "roughly fifty percent (50%) of the people we are electing to protect here are indeed women, so in fact a failure to pass this bill would be the true war on women in its most pure sense."

Sen. Jason Schultz, R-Schleswig, who served on the subcommittee which produced the legislation, said he believes culture has been moving towards a pro-life view for decades—a view that has become repulsed by a "holocaust of death" related to abortion.

"This may be what our culture is ready for," Schultz continued. "Stopping a beating heart is never health care"...

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