Message info From:Vaj Subject:[FairfieldLife] The Marshy Effect and Iowa consciousness Date:Sun, 19 Feb 2012 15:44:29 -0500

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Iowa Abortion Bill Would Criminalize All Abortion, Sentence Doctors To Life In Prison

All abortions would be classified as feticides, a class A felony punishable by life imprisonment without chance for parole, under a new bill introduced on Wednesday by Iowa State Representative Kim Pearson, a Tea Party Republican. Pearsons bill states:
Any person who intentionally terminates a human pregnancy, with the knowledge and consent of the pregnant person, where death of the fetus results, commits feticide. Feticide is a class A felony.
Under the bill, doctors who perform abortions could spend life in prison [without chance of parole] and doctors who attempt to perform an abortion (but dont go through with it, for some unclear reason) would be charged with the class B felony of 25 years in prison. 
On the one hand, according to the blog Think Progress, Democrats in Iowa said the bill is a waste of time because it would almost certainly violate Roe v. Wade, the central principle being that a womans medical decisions are subject to privacy. But thats hardly a reason to be reassured: other anti-abortion lawmakers in Iowa are currently debating a separate anti-abortion bill which would require a doctor to show a woman a sonogram before an abortion for absolutely no medical reason. So, its tempting to dismiss such an extreme bill from State Rep. Pearsons as the work of a lone operator but woman-controlling bills by anti-abortion politicians are popping up like some twisted Whack-A-Mole game all across the United States.