On Wednesday night, Iowa's House Human Resources Committee passed a bill that takes abortion restrictions to a new level.
Iowa Republicans originally wanted a so-called "fetal heartbeat" bill, which would have restricted abortions after as little as six weeks of pregnancy. When that was met with outrage, lawmakers decided to scrap that bill and introduce a new one in its place. That bill, which you can read here, restricts abortion at 20 weeks, with the barest of exceptions: only to save the life of the child, or if "the pregnant woman has a condition which the physician deems a medical emergency."
As you might imagine, this leaves a lot of ways to force women into terrible, heart-wrenching situations. When the bill was being debated, Rep. Shannon Lundgren confirmed that, yes, this meant that even if a pregnant woman miscarried after 20 weeks, she would still have to carry the baby to term.
Instead, Lundgren suggested, women should look for other alternatives.
The Iowa bill is not law yet—while it is out of committee, it still has to voted on by the full House. In Ohio, a similar 20-week ban actually became law in December.