Iowa Senate passes bill banning abortions once heartbeat is detected


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The Iowa Senate voted Wednesday in favor of legislation to ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Senate File 2281 passed the chamber on a 30-20 vote, and now heads to the Iowa House where Republicans hold a 59-41 majority. If passed, Iowa would be the first state to implement heartbeat legislation, effectively banning most abortions.

Sen. Amy Sinclair, floor manager of the bill, said the measure is at “the very heart and soul” of what it means to be human:

“This bill is the logical beginning point for all of civil governance,” Sinclair said. It strikes “at the very heart and soul of what it means to be an American, what it means to be a person.”

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