Abortion

Judge Declares Iowa Fetal Heartbeat Law Unconstitutional

DES MOINES, Iowa – A state judge has struck down Iowa’s restrictive “fetal heartbeat” abortion law. Judge Michael Huppert on Tuesday found the law unconstitutional. He concluded that the Iowa Supreme Court’s earlier decisions that affirm a woman’s fundamental right to an abortion would include the new law passed last year. The law would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat…

SD Abortion Bill Would Require Patient See Sonogram and Hear Possible Heartbeat

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s back to business for the South Dakota state legislature, and lawmakers have a number of bills to discuss. One of them concerns a hot-button issue, abortion. It’s a bill that’s been in the works for two years, and now, it’s making its way to Pierre. Right now, doctors offer patients seeking an abortion the option…

“Heartbeat” Bill Passes Through Iowa Statehouse

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa lawmakers have passed what could be the most restrictive abortion legislation in the country. Republican lawmakers with control of the statehouse passed the so-called “heartbeat” bill early Wednesday, with back-to-back chamber votes along party lines. The legislation would effectively ban most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, with exemptions for cases of rape and…

Gov. Branstad To Sign Trio Of Controversial Bills This Week

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad has indicated he will sign a trio of controversial bills Friday that were hotly debated during the Iowa Legislative session. One bill would prohibit most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in Iowa. It would take effect immediately on enactment. The ban was criticized for not allowing exceptions for rape, incest or…

Minnesota House Republicans Pass Abortion Bills

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota House has passed legislation that would increase restrictions on abortions in Minnesota. The bills, passed on the strength of Republican votes, require abortion providers to obtain permits from the state’s health department and would ban the use of state funds for abortions. The Senate is planning to take up the permitting bill next…

Minnesota House To Vote Bills Boosting Abortion Restrictions

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – House Republicans are considering a pair of bills to boost restrictions on abortions. The two bills up for a final vote in the House Monday would bar the use of state funds for abortion services and creating a state permitting system for abortion facilities. Republicans argue that taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to help fund abortions…

Fight Over Planned Parenthood Funding Could Lose Iowa Millions In Federal Funding

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Republicans may order the state to foot the bill for a new family planning program that excludes funding for Planned Parenthood. Key GOP lawmakers confirmed Monday they plan to use state money to fund the estimated $3 million program, which requires Iowa to forfeit millions in federal Medicaid dollars. Such a move would tap…

Iowa GOP Lawmakers Drop ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Abortion Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Republican lawmakers have dropped plans for what would have been among the nation’s toughest abortion restrictions, retreating only a day after the proposal was announced. House GOP lawmakers announced Wednesday they removed language from a bill that called for a ban on abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. Other proposals also were removed,…

Attorney General Jackley In Support Of Ban On Dismemberment Abortion

PIERRE – Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota has joined 22 State Attorneys General in an amicus or “friend of the court” brief filed in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The brief supports an Alabama law that bans dismemberment abortions. Many States have recently adopted similar laws or are currently considering adopting a law prohibiting dismemberment…

Personhood Bill Fails Deadline To Move Ahead In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A legislative effort by Iowa Republicans to outlaw abortion in the state has failed to advance past a legislative procedural deadline. The so-called personhood bill was kept off the agenda of a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting Thursday. The committee needed to vote on the measure for it to survive a deadline that requires certain legislative…

Iowa GOP Lawmakers In Senate Approve ‘Personhood’ Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A so-called personhood bill that would effectively ban abortion in Iowa has passed out of a legislative subcommittee, though it’s unclear if it has the necessary backing to clear the Senate. The measure was approved Monday as dozens gathered at the Capitol to support or oppose the bill. It now heads to the Senate Judiciary…

State Lawmakers To Weigh Bills On Abortion, Campaign Finance

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers this week plan to consider measures on abortion, campaign finance and the governor’s emergency powers. A House committee is set to take up a bill Tuesday that aims to ban a type of second-trimester abortion. The full House is to consider a bill that would restrict the flow of out-of-state money into South…

House Committee Passes Bill Making Abortions After 19 Weeks A Felony

PIERRE – A State House Committee passes a bill to boost the penalty for performing abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy. A law approved last year made performing abortions at that stage of pregnancy a misdemeanor, except in medical emergencies but this proposal would make them a felony. Supporters say the misdemeanor charge was an inconsistency in the State’s abortion…

South Dakota Lawmakers Introduce Ban On Abortion Procedure

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A measure introduced by South Dakota lawmakers aims to ban a certain type of second-trimester abortion in the state. A similar bill cleared several steps in 2015 but was ultimately tabled. The procedure is known medically as dilation-and-extraction. The bill calls it “dismemberment abortion.” The National Abortion Rights Action League calls the language “deliberately inflammatory.” Samantha…

Iowa GOP Lawmakers Prepare To Defund Planned Parenthood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Senate is preparing to vote on a bill that would pass up millions in federal dollars in order to stop contributing a small amount of state funding toward Planned Parenthood. The Senate debate Thursday could stretch for hours. Republicans who hold a majority will likely approve the bill, sending it to the GOP-led…

March For Life Shows Gains By Abortion Opponents

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump used his Twitter account to express support for abortion opponents attending the March for Life in Washington. “The #MarchForLife is so important. To all of you marching — you have my full support!” Trump said in a tweet. The March for Life is usually held on the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision…