Key Legislator Talks Legislative Steps About Abortion Policy

Urbandale, Iowa — A Republican leader in the Iowa House says lawmakers need to wait for an Iowa Supreme Court opinion before trying to enact new abortion restrictions.

A district court ruling has blocked a 2018 state law to ban most abortions after the sixth week of a pregnancy from taking effect, and Governor Reynolds has asked the Iowa Supreme Court to intervene. House Majority Leader Matt Windschitl of Missouri Valley says the legislature’s next step will be guided by how the court rules.

Earlier this week a couple of Republican lawmakers said they intend to introduce a bill this year that would ban all abortions in Iowa. Windschitl says that’s the ultimate goal.

Windschitl made his comments Wednesday morning at the Westside Conservative Club’s breakfast meeting in Urbandale.

This past summer the Iowa Supreme Court reversed a 2018 decision that said Iowa women have a constitutional right to an abortion, a ruling that let a 24-hour waiting period for abortions take effect. The court is now considering a different lawsuit filed to block a ban on abortions after fetal activity is detected, which is around the sixth week of pregnancy.



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