Iowa Anti-Choicers Admit They Want to Imprison Women for Abortion

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Despite recent criticism surrounding Republican legislators forcing extreme conservative values, Iowa’s right wing politicians have shown no signs of slowing down.  In February 2013, nine state representatives in Iowa introduced a bill intended to clarify abortions of any kind as murder. “707.1 Murder Defined” states that any woman who willingly chooses to partake in any method of abortion, starting at the very moment of conception, can and will be charged with a felony count of murder. Although “the pill” and other emergency contraceptives have been proven to suppress ovulation and ultimately prevent fertilization, legislators in Iowa have chosen to ignore this fact and include contraception prior to fertilization in the actions deemed worthy of a murder charge.

A suspected motive for the latest demand of personal legal accountability for abortion patients stems from the newfound availability of self-administered abortion and contraceptive drugs from online pharmacies.  Typical anti-choice legislation has traditionally targeted the provider–i.e. doctors, doctors’ offices, and abortion clinics–but now has shifted focus to the patient herself. The conservative agenda in Iowa has clearly taken aim at sexually active women as a whole, suggesting that politicians deserve the authority to imprison a woman for entertaining even the idea of safe and ethically sound contraception.



Amanda Marcotte, “Iowa Anti-Choicers Admit They Want to Imprison Women for Abortion,” February 11, 2013.


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