Posted by 19 January 2021
This week an Iowa legislative subcommittee advanced a resolution that would clarify that the state constitution does not protect the right to an abortion.
Pro-life legislators want the state constitution to be clear that it does not protect the right to an abortion. For them, it's important to clarify this because judges have ruled that certain abortion limits violate the state constitution. In addition, they would like the state constitution to have this language in case the Supreme Court ever overturns Roe v. Wade. If that occurs, then each state would be able to set limits on abortion or even ban it as long as their state constitutions permit this.
Supporters contend that states should be free to restrict abortion, which they consider murder. Pro-choice legislators, however, contend that these restrictions discriminatory against women. They say that this amendment would take away the right of women to control her sexual health.
Last year, the Iowa Senate passed a resolution with similar wording. However, the House did not. This year, the resolution is beginning in a House subcommittee. If both legislative chambers approve the resolution, it will go to the voters for approval.
Do you think that state constitutions should protect women's right to an abortion?