By Madeleine Neal | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.