Tags: late term abortion | iowa senate

Iowa Sen. Passes Late-Term Abortion Measure

DES MOINES – The Iowa Senate on Monday narrowly approved a measure designed to prevent a doctor who specializes in late-term abortions from opening a planned clinic on the western border of the state.

Dr. Leroy Carhart had been providing late-term abortions in Nebraska. But a measure signed into law in that state last year prohibits abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy. A similar measure has been enacted in Kansas.

In response, Carhart, one of only handful of doctors in the country who perform abortions late in the second-trimester of pregnancy, announced plans to open a clinic just across the border from Nebraska in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

But the measure passed by the Democratic-led Iowa Senate on Monday in a 26-23 vote would require Carhart and others to apply to the state for a "certificate of need" or permit for a "free-standing" abortion clinic.

It would also require the clinic be located near a hospital with a neonatal unit for premature babies.

There is no such hospital in Council Bluffs.

Critics of the plan say Carhart would be able to open a clinic in four other Iowa cities which do have specialized hospital facilities for premature babies.

Governor Branstad, a Republican, has said he favors the House Republicans' approach which would ban all abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy unless the mother's life is threatened by her pregnancy.

© 2015 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

1Like our page
2Share
US
DES MOINES The Iowa Senate on Monday narrowly approved a measure designed to prevent a doctor who specializes in late-term abortions from opening a planned clinic on the western border of the state. Dr. Leroy Carhart had been providing late-term abortions in Nebraska....
late term abortion,iowa senate
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved