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State lawmakers discuss possible abortion ban in Iowa

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DUBUQUE (KWWL)-- State lawmakers are moving forward with two bills that would ban abortion in Iowa. They held a public hearing Monday about the issue.

Last week a house sub-committee approved one of two bills that would ban the practice of abortion in Iowa. The first bill, which passed committee, would define life as beginning at conception. The second bill would ban nearly all abortions in Iowa after the 20th week of pregnancy, except in the case where the mother's life is at risk.

"I don't really care if it's a 22 week old or a 32 week old. It's a life and that life should be preserved and protected to the up most ability that a medical professional can do," Dubuque County Right to Life Executive Director Steve Brody said.

"It's dangerous to ban abortions. Because there are many different reasons. Very different circumstances why a woman would choose to have an abortion. And many of these reasons are critical to her well-being and her health," said Planned Parenthood of the Heartland CEO Jill June.

On the national level, a house resolution recently passed that would strip all federal funding from Planned Parenthood and clinics offering similar services. Currently $327 million is contributed to family planning nationwide, though it doesn't fund abortions. If the resolution moves forward, it will strip funding of birth control, HIV testing, cancer screenings and pregnancy testing.

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