Iowa Senate Republicans passed a resolution on Thursday that, if passed into law, would make state court challenges to abortion restrictions much more difficult.
The stated purpose of the resolution is “to protect life by declaring that the Constitution of the State of Iowa shall not be construed to recognize, grant, or secure a right to abortion or to require the public funding of abortion.” The resolution passed by a vote of thirty-two to eighteen.
If the resolution were to pass into law, it would undermine the Iowa Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling that struck down the legislature’s three-day waiting period for abortions. Currently, abortion in Iowa is prohibited after twenty weeks of pregnancy.
In order for the resolution to become law, it still must pass through the Iowa House of Representatives and then in the legislature again before it would go to a statewide vote.