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By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews, July 12, 2023

Des Moines, IowaAn Iowa Republican lawmaker urged couples Tuesday to practice abstinence instead of relying on aborting their unborn babies if they do not want children.

State Rep. Brad Sherman, R-Williamsburg, drew criticism for making the comment as Iowa House lawmakers debated a heartbeat bill.

The pro-life legislation, which passed later in the day, protects unborn babies by banning elective abortions once their heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. Exceptions are allowed for rape, incest, fatal fetal abnormalities and risks to the pregnant mother’s life. It also clarifies that miscarriage treatments are allowed because they are not abortions. Gov. Kim Reynolds, a pro-life Republican, said she will sign the bill Friday. …

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