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20-Week Abortion Ban Sent To Iowa Governor’s Desk

The legislation also includes a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions. Meanwhile, in Texas, a fetal remains measure moves forward.

The Associated Press: Iowa Lawmakers OK 20-Week Abortion Ban, 3-Day Wait Period
Iowa legislators sent Gov. Terry Branstad a measure Tuesday that would ban most abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy and impose a 72-hour waiting period on women seeking the procedure, a move highlighting the state's conservative shift since the November election. The Republican-majority state Senate voted 30-20 along party lines for the legislation, after the GOP-led House approved it earlier this month. Branstad, a Republican, is expected to sign it. (4/18)

Texas Tribune: Texas Bill Requiring Burial Of Fetal Remains Passes Out Of House Committee 
Texas hospitals and abortion clinics would have to bury or cremate fetal remains under a measure that passed out of a House committee on Tuesday. It's a rule that has its roots in Texas' fiery reproductive rights debate: While supporters argue the bill has nothing to do with abortion and is about "ensuring the dignity of the deceased," opponents say it's yet another way for the state to punish women who choose to legally terminate a pregnancy. (Samuels, 4/18)

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