Abortion clinics would be required to present women with information about their financial options should they keep the baby if a bill that cleared the House last night becomes law. The bill requires information about child support and available medical assistance to be presented. Other information about medical risks and the alternative of adoption are optional. Republican Representative Dan Boddicker of Tipton said it’s time to penalize doctors who fail to provide that data. He says the industry doesn’t have the best reputation.Republican Representative Gregory Hoversten of Sioux City said the number of abortions has dropped significantly in other states which have such “informed consent” laws.Democrat Representative Dolores Mertz of Ottosen supported the bill. Mertz says the bill is in the best interest of women and womens’ health.Republican Representative Janet Metcalf of Urbandale said abortion clinics already present all the necessary medical information to women before performing an abortion. She says the bill assumes that there are some sort of evil organizations that snatch women off the streets and talk them into an abortion. Metcalf says the bill “is to discourage, it is to intimidate, and it is to manipulate the women of Iowa who in good conscience face a very difficult decision.” Democrat Representative Vicki Lensing of Iowa City opposed the bill. She says it is one more hurdle placed before women in Iowa who have made a thoughtful and difficult decision. She says it’s their constitutional right to make that decision.The bill passed on a 70 to 28 vote. It now goes to the Senate. Governor Vilsack has twice vetoed similar bills that included a 24-hour waiting period before a women may obtain an abortion.
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