DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa House Republicans are advancing a legislative effort to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected by adding the measure to a separate bill.
A Republican-led panel agreed Wednesday to approve legislation that would ban the sale of fetal tissue. The heartbeat provision, which would ban abortions as early as 6 weeks of pregnancy, was tacked on during the meeting.
The bill heads to the House Human Resources Committee, which is expected to take up the measure Thursday.
Rep. Shannon Lundgren, a Peosta Republican who led the panel, defended the bill's change in scope. She argued the Iowa Senate passed a similar heartbeat bill earlier this year.
The House's heartbeat provision would remove proposed penalties against a doctor who performs an abortion after a heartbeat is detected.