With so much on my plate the past few days, I haven't had a chance to get to this until now. In fact, until Tuesday morning, I wasn't even aware HF 153
was arround. The late term abortion ban has been the headliner here in Iowa that it seems to have been under everyone's radar. On Monday, a subcommittee of The Iowa House Human Resources Committee voted 2-1 to recomend it to the entire committee. Given the make up of the Iowa House it has a good chance of being passed. But given the Iowa Senate is in pro-abort Democrat hands, it isn't likely to pass & go to Governor Branstad.
The bill doesn't specificly ban abortion. What it says that is Iowa recognizes life begins at conception. The only weakness I see is that conception has been twisted to mean implanting rather than fertilization. Even so, the pro-aborts have it right in saying this could affect certain typse of birth control. What they fail to mention is why. The secret they still try & hide, & the reason why the definition of conception was changed, is that certain forms of birth control do cause abortions by preventing the implantation of the embryo.
While I applaud it's approval, even if it goes into effect in Iowa I doubt if the US Supreme Court would do the right thing & uphold it. The original Roe v Wade decision does talk about the right to abortion being based on what was when life begins. In fact the decision clearly states: "If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant's case [i.e. "Roe" who sought the abortion], of course, collapses, for the fetus' right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment." What I suspect the pro-aborts would do is rewrite Roe to twist it even further from what the Constitution really says. The reality is, it will take an amendment to the US Constitution to effect a permanant ban.
Another interesting part of the very short bill is that it tells the Iowa Supreme Court it has no appellate jurisdiction over the provisions of the bill. Yes, the Iowa Constitution does allow for this, just like the US Constitution allows Congress to make similar limits. But this is 1 of the rare times I have actually seen this done.