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Yesterday, lawmakers in Iowa passed the nation’s toughest abortion bill to date. It has been nicknamed the “heartbeat bill” as it restricts a woman’s right to an abortion only before a fetal heartbeat can be detected. This means that women can be just 6 weeks pregnant or less in order to make that difficult decision in the state of Iowa.
The bill does make exceptions for some cases of rape or incest, and when the mother’s life is at risk due to the pregnancy. Aside from this, the bill is receiving much criticism because a lot of women don't even know they're pregnant at six weeks.
This bill would still need to be signed into law by the governor of Iowa, who has declined to say whether or not she will sign. If she does sign, it will surpass the recent law passed in Mississippi that has restricted abortions to pregnancies 15 weeks or less.
“[My goal] is to end abortion in Mississippi." ~ Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi at the State of the State address in 2014 via NPR news
Mississippi is currently the most difficult state in the country to get an abortion. Not only is there just one clinic in the entire state that offers abortion services, but the new law doesn’t even make exceptions for rape or incest and will only allow an exception in the case of a severe fetal abnormality or medical emergency.