John Kasich

Iowa Republicans back 'fetal heartbeat' abortion legislation

Republicans in the Iowa Legislature are backing newly filed legislation that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which would be the strictest ban in the country if enacted.

A GOP-led House committee had been set to vote on the provision Tuesday night but lawmakers later adjourned without a decision. It's expected to be taken up again Wednesday.

The measure was added to a separate bill that would ban most abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy. The new version would include several abortion restrictions.

Democrats criticized the legislation in an afternoon press conference, though they don't have the legislative power to stop the bill's...

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