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Lawmakers OK 20-week abortion bill

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By Madeleine Neal | madeleine-neal@uiowa.edu

Following 17 other states, Gov. Terry Branstad is expected to sign a bill that passed the Iowa Senate on Tuesday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.

The 30 votes in favor of the bill were cast by Republicans and one independent; the 20 votes against the bill were cast by Democrats.

The bill, Senate File 471, will ban abortions 20 weeks into a pregnancy and will institute a three-day waiting period for women seeking abortions.

Under this new legislation an abortion after 20 weeks will be legal if a doctor concludes it is necessary for the mother’s health but does not include exemptions due to rape, incest, or genetic conditions that would make life after birth impossible.