Game Changer? Pending Iowa Abortion Legislation Is HUGE

The states seem to becoming more legally creative regarding abortion. Passing through congress in Iowa is legislation that would eliminate any and all statute of limitation restrictions regarding the security of lifetime litigation for any woman who has experienced emotional distress from an abortion procedure.

From The Blaze:

Spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa Daniel Zeno said in a statement that the proposal is an attempt to put more burdens on women seeking an abortion. However, the law is at least conceptually distinct from the Texas regulations that were struck down by the Supreme Court because it does not place any requirements on abortion clinics before the fact of the abortion.

However, critics contend the bill amounts to the same thing. “The bill’s intent is clear: To demonize abortion providers, set up an adversarial relationship between provider and patient, shame women and block access to reproductive health care,” Zeno stated.

Wait for it…and here they are!

From The Blaze:

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland in Des Moines is also rallying hard against the bill, insisting it would contradict current federal law in Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion on a federal level. And while the Heartland Planned Parenthood argued that 95 percent of women who have an abortion do not regret it, Chelgren said five percent is too high. “In order for someone to have merit in a malpractice case, if 1 percent of the time there’s a problem, than that’s enough for fixing the problem,” he said.

The 5% figure seems to be misleading, according to, that percentage might be significantly higher. Some data from their reporting:

-A study of the medical records of 56,741 California Medicaid patients revealed that women who had abortions were 160 percent more likely than delivering women to be hospitalized for psychiatric treatment in the first 90 days following abortion or delivery. Rates of psychiatric treatment remained significantly higher for at least four years.
-A 5-year retrospective study in two Canadian provinces found that 25% of women who had abortions made visits to psychiatrists as compared to 3% of the control group.
-Women who have abortions are 81 percent more likely to experience subsequent mental health problems, according to a new study published by Britain’s Royal College of Psychiatrists.
-A 2010 study, which was published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry and examined a nationally representative sample of more than 3,000 women in the United States, found that women who underwent an abortion had a 98 percent increased risk for any mental health disorders compared to women who did not have an abortion.

The numbers are grim. Conservatively, the 25% of women affected seems more realistic. In the 2015 Iowa Department of Public Health-Bureau of Health Statistics Report, the state allowed just fewer than 40,000 abortions in 2015. Nationwide according to Guttmacher Institute, just under a million abortions were performed in 2014.  To think that annually around 250,000 teenage and adult women are experiencing long-term psychological trauma is heartbreaking.   This shouldn’t be.


The most complete listing of psychological problems associated with abortion can be found at

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Wm. P. Fitzhenry

5th generation Texan, 2nd generation reformed Presbyterian, a twin and a serial entrepreneur.

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