Anti-abortion forces say it’s good to “try, try again” to get Governor Tom Vilsack’s signature on a bill that would enforce a 24-hour waiting period before a woman could get an abortion. Vilsack vetoed the bill last year, but this week the Iowa Legislature sent him the bill again. Kim Gordon of the Iowa Right-to-Life Committee says there’s a chance Vilsack will change his mind. Gordon says the people of Iowa have expressed their need for the Governor to sign the bill. Crystal O’Connor of West Des Moines had an abortion in Illinois 12 years ago when she was a freshman in college. O’Connor likes the part of the bill that requires abortion providers to give woman info about the fetus. O’Connor says she didn’t get adequate information from the people who performed her abortion, and as a result felt mislead and lied to. Sandra Suarez is a lobbyist and attorney for Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa, which opposes the 24-hour waiting period. Suarez says it is chipping away the Roe vs. Wade decision bit by bit. Suarez says the bill’s an affront to women. She says the law will send a message that the women of Iowa should be second-guessed.
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