Support restriction on abortion after 20 weeks
One purpose of Senate File 471 is to update the Iowa Code to reflect the advances made in saving the lives of infants over the past 40 years. Unborn children at 20 weeks post-fertilization, once considered too young to survive, are now doing so at an increasing rate. An abortion will no longer be performed at or beyond that point unless there is a serious threat to the long-term health or life of the mother.
Senate File 471 currently has an exception to allow the abortions of babies who are very sick and will most likely die soon after birth. We disagree with that exception. While those situations are agonizing for families who will suffer the loss of a child, we believe that even a brief life has meaning. A very sick child is still a child and their life should not be taken early. Perinatal hospice programs are now available in several parts of the state to help families in these difficult situations.
The humanity of a seriously disabled unborn child is not different from one who is healthy, and the law should reflect that fact. Restricting abortion looks beyond the shortsighted solution of eliminating people with disabilities and instead allows us to find long-term ways to prevent disabilities and develop real treatments.
This legislative session presents a rare opportunity to make changes to abortion law in Iowa and SF 471, if amended to include all unborn lives at 20-weeks, will represent a very meaningful gain for women and children.
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