Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad arrives at Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad arrives at Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

20-week abortion bill becomes law

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By Molly Hunter | molly-hunter@uiowa.edu

On May 5, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed into law a bill that places strict limits on abortions after 20 weeks.

The law prevents abortions after 20 weeks in cases of incest, rape, or if the fetus has severe genetic anomalies. It also introduces a 72-hour waiting period, which could prove to be a hardship, especially for those living in rural areas in which clinics are less accessible.

The version of the bill that was initially passed in the Senate 32-17 on March 14 included provisions that made exceptions for abortions after 20 weeks in cases of genetic anomaly, rape, and incest.

Those provisions were removed during debate in the House, and the House passed the altered version of the bill 55-42 on April 5. The bill then returned to the Senate to have the changes confirmed.

The Senate passed the altered version of the bill 30-20 on April 18 and sent the bill to Branstad to be signed.