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Heated Debate: Bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks heads to Governors desk

Heated Debate: Bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks heads to Governors desk

"In this chamber, we're going to go to the mat for collective bargaining. We're going to go to the mat for work comp. We're just going to go to the mat when it comes to life. We're not going to the mat. Because this is all we can get. Are you kidding me?"

That's State Senator Rick Bertrand of Sioux City during debate tonight in the Iowa Senate about a bill changing the state's abortion laws.

The senate passing that bill a few hours ago, meaning all that's left for a bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks to become law is the Governor's signature.

The final vote was 30 to 20.

But some republicans supporting the restrictions still aren't satisfied.

Bertrand offered an amendment to ban abortions after one week, but it was voted down.

This version also has a three-day waiting period for women seeking abortions.

Doctors will also have to provide women with materials promoting adoption as an option.

Democrats argue that's an insult to women.

"Members of the senate. Abortion is a legal procedure in Iowa. Iowa women should have access to it based on their desire to have access to it," said Senator Joe Bolkcom (D) Iowa City.

Both the Governor and Lieutenant Governor recently indicated their support for the new restrictions during a rally for life event at the statehouse.

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