I was honored to speak at the pro-life rally here at the Capitol this past week.
Protecting Unborn Life
House Republicans are a pro-life caucus and believe the lives of the unborn are worthy of our protection. House Republicans have attempted to limit the number of abortions in the past but were consistently blocked by pro-abortion Senate Democrats.
With a new makeup in the Senate this year, Iowans can expect the Legislature to take a strong stand to protect life.
This week the Human Resources committee passed a bill limiting abortions after 20 weeks, similar to many other states.
The bill does allow for exceptions in situations where the life or health of the mother is threatened. This bill doesn’t ban birth control.
23 other states prohibit abortions between 20 and 24 weeks and this approach has been held up in court
While this isn’t the resolution everyone may have preferred, this is the most substantial piece of legislation to protect the unborn in Iowa history.
More Positive Legislation Passed by the House
Protecting Victims of Domestic Abuse and Stalking
House Republicans passed legislation this week that protects victims of domestic abuse. House File 263 ensures that habitual domestic abusers serve a minimum amount of time in prison. This will provide survivors and victims of abuse with more time to remove themselves from a bad situation while abusers serve their sentence.
Exceptions to Fail First Insurance Policies
House File 233 will give patients and medical providers more control over their healthcare. The bill provides a number of exceptions so that patients can get the medicine they need without having to go through treatments that aren’t effective as a way for insurance companies to save money. This will ensure that sick Iowans get the medications that their doctors recommend without having to go through a number of ineffective treatments first.
Protecting Private Property Rights
House Republicans took a strong stand for private property rights with the passage of House File 603 this week. For many years, House Republicans attempted to advance legislation that protect the rights of private property owners, only to see those efforts die in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
Encouraging Growth in Iowa’s Craft Breweries and Distilleries
Over the last decade, the popularity of microbreweries and distilleries, and the products they make, has grown among many Iowans. House File 607 will help continue the growth of the craft beer and spirits industries, creating new jobs and bringing more tourism to Iowa. This legislation brings much-needed parity between the different sectors of Iowa’s alcohol industry.