DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – For years, Iowa’s divided Legislature shielded the state from a wave of Republican-backed laws that restricted abortion access around the country.
But a new GOP majority will take control in January, meaning nearly a dozen abortion-related bills could soon be on the table. And Democrats will be unable to block them by vote for the first time in a decade.
It’s been nearly 20 years since the GOP controlled both state chambers and the governor’s office. Republican Gov. Terry Branstad says he opposes abortion in general.
The legislation could reduce the window of time that a woman can seek an abortion or ban the use of fetal tissue donated to universities for research. Other bills could force a woman to wait at least 24 hours or receive counseling.