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Restricting abortion for "women's safety" won't win approval

Despite emotional testimony from women who claimed they were harmed by abortions, Iowa lawmakers were told that legislation to create a new cause of action based on physical injury or emotional distress is unnecessary and would have a chilling effect on abortion providers. The bill's House Sponsor said the legislation is consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that said the state has a legitimate interest in protecting the safety of women.

Lobbyists for the Iowa Medical Society and the ACLU-Iowa told lawmakers the cause of action exists in current law. Singling out one medical procedure will have a `chilling effect` on physicians who offer that service. The bill `feels like an attempt to intimidate providers,` added a representative of Planned Parenthood Voters of Iowa.

Approval in the Senate seems unlikely, according to Judiciary Chairman Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids, who said he was unaware of the proposal.

Source: Quad City Times on 2016 Iowa Senate race , Feb 13, 2014

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