Sunday, November 21, 2010

Iowa Tea Party Win = More Abortion Restrictions

This month's election took the Iowa House from a 56 to 44 Democrat margin to a whopping flip of 60 to 40 in favor of Republicans, so the new House Speaker-elect Kraig Paulsen says the new pro-life majority will be advancing restrictions on abortion next year.

-- From "Top GOP leader says some abortion restrictions under consideration" by O. Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa 11/20/10

“. . . subsequent to election day, we have this [abortionist] doctor moving in from Nebraska who has really elevated the whole discussion. I mean, I have quite a few constituent contacts and quite a few of my members contacting me and saying, ‘This is something we need to look at,’ and I would guess that we do address that issue,” Paulsen says. “…There’s several different ideas being discussed.”

A Nebraska doctor plans to open an abortion clinic in Council Bluffs and another in Maryland because of the state of Nebraska’s new law banning late-term abortions. Dr. LeRoy Carhart has become the nation’s best-known late-term abortion provider after the 2009 murder of Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller.

House Speaker-elect Paulsen says Republicans in the Iowa House may try to address another concern in the pro-life community about doctors who prescribe the so-called abortion pill after consulting with the patient via video [a.k.a. Telemed].

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From "Iowa speaker-elect predicts debate on abortion issues" by Rod Boshart, The Quad-City Times 11/19/10

Speaking during and after the taping of Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press,” Paulsen said some of his members are interested in closing a loophole in state law that allows late-term abortions to terminate a pregnancy if a doctor determines the procedure would “preserve the life or health” of the woman.

Paulsen said there also may be interest concerning the future of telemedicine in Iowa as it relates to dispensing RU-486 pills to terminate pregnancies and consideration of an Oklahoma law that would give women the option of having an ultrasound before undergoing an abortion procedure. Any House-passed measure also would have to clear the Iowa Senate, where Democrats hold a 26-24 edge.

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