BREAKING NEWS Guilty verdict in Worth County animal neglect trial Full Story

Iowa Senate passes "unborn person" fetal homicide bill

Republicans in the Iowa Senate have passed a bill that could send a person to prison for life if they cause death of a fetus, even if it's an accident and in cases where someone didn't know the mother was pregnant.

Posted: Mar 26, 2019 7:44 PM
Updated: Mar 26, 2019 7:44 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans in the Iowa Senate have passed a bill that could send a person to prison for life if they cause death of a fetus, even if it's an accident and in cases where someone didn't know the mother was pregnant.

Sen. Jake Chapman amended the bill Tuesday on the floor of the Senate to make causing the death of a fetus a life-in-prison crime, the same as someone convicted of murder. Language equates such deaths to "killing an unborn person."

Chapman, a staunch anti-abortion lawmaker, denied the bill has anything to do with abortion. He argued the bill recognizes the fetus "is a person in the womb and it should have rights."

Sen. Janet Petersen says the amendment makes the bill a personhood bill and is unconstitutional.

She says it could prompt criminal investigations of women who lose babies through miscarriage or stillbirth.

The bill passed on a vote of 31-18 and goes to the House.

Article Comments

Mason City
Overcast
51° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 51°
Albert Lea
Clear
52° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 52°
Austin
Scattered Clouds
54° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 54°
Charles City
Overcast
52° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 52°
Rochester
Broken Clouds
50° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 50°
A mild weekend with a few rain drops on Saturday
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Ethnic Lunch Newsroom Liveshot

Image

Chris' 10 PM Weather Forecast

Image

Sports Overtime, highlights and scores from Friday

Image

Clear Lake donut shop best in state

Image

Homelessness experienced to raise funds and awareness

Image

Battle of the Badges: rib eating contest

Image

Secretariat Statue Unveiled

Image

Kavars Trial: Guilty Verdict

Image

Cabin Coffee looks to expand in Southeastern MN

Image

DMC talks circulators

Community Events