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GOP state senator wants waiting period for abortions

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A Republican lawmaker will renew an effort to require a waiting period for abortions in Iowa, but it is not clear that he'll find support to pass a bill in the politically divided state legislature.

Sen. David Johnson, a Republican from Ocheyedan, said Monday that he has submitted a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would set counseling requirements followed by a 72-hour waiting period before a woman could receive an abortion.

The Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive rights think-tank, says a total of 35 states currently require counseling before an abortion, with 26 of those states imposing a waiting period between counseling and the procedure.

It is not clear Johnson will find support for the bill, since Democrats control the Senate and have opposed abortion restrictions in the past.

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