Rep. Lundgren Leads Panel Effort to Ban Abortions

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 panel led by an area legislator 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.

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.

The bill heads to the House Human Resources Committee, which is expected to take up the measure today.