Iowa Republican legislative leaders have introduced a resolution that would declare there is no right to an abortion under the Iowa Constitution.
The proposed constitutional amendment introduced Thursday is a response to a 2018 Iowa Supreme Court ruling striking down a law requiring a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion.
State Representative Steve Holt of Denison is one of the lawmakers supporting the effort:
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The court said in that ruling the state constitution guarantees women freedom to make their own health decisions, including whether to have an abortion.
A state senate subcommittee approved a proposed amendment that states Iowa’s constitution does not recognize, grant or secure a right to an abortion.
Jamie Birch Elliott of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Iowa testified against the proposal at Thursday’s statehouse hearing:
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A constitutional amendment must pass this year, next year and then win approval of voters in a statewide election.