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Bill to stop forcing women to have abortions approved – Iowa

An Iowa House committee unanimously approved a pro-life bill Wednesday that would stiffen the penalties for anyone who tries to pressure or force a mother to abort her unborn baby.

The Sioux City Journal reports the House Judiciary Committee voted 20-0 to advance state House File 2206 to the full House for consideration.

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“This plugs a loophole in state law,” said state Rep. Sandy Salmon, R-Janesville, pointing to a recent Iowa Court of Appeals ruling.

Salmon said the court sided with a man who argued that he was not guilty of a forced abortion when he forced his wife to take abortion drugs because the abortion attempt did not work, according to the report.

The bill would close this loophole and strengthen state laws prohibiting coerced and forced abortions by increasing the punishment to a Class D felony for anyone who attempts to do an abortion without the knowledge or consent of the pregnant mother.

The Indiana House passed a similar bill prohibiting forcing women to have abortions late last month. The Planned Parenthood abortion chain is lobbying against the bill.

Coercion is a prevalent but often ignored problem among women who have abortions.

A new study from Lifeway Research found that 42 percent of men whose partners had abortions said they either “strongly urged” or “suggested” that she have an abortion. In contrast, 27 percent said they “suggested” or “urged” her not to abort her unborn child.

Research by other groups also has found that, for many women, aborting their unborn babies was not really their choice.

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