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Iowa Abortion Refusal Clause

This law was last updated on Nov 28, 2016

This law is Anti–Choice




Iowa Code Ann. §§ 146.1, .2




Conscience and Refusal Clauses, Religious Freedom

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Iowa Code Ann. sections 146.1 and .2 allows individuals and hospitals that are not controlled, maintained, and supported by a public authority to refuse to provide abortion services.

The law prohibits an individual from being required to perform, assist, or participate in medical procedures which will result in an abortion if doing so goes against that individual’s religious beliefs or moral convictions.

 A person may not discriminate against any individual in any way, including but not limited to employment, promotion, advancement, transfer, licensing, education, training or the granting of hospital privileges or staff appointments, because of the individual’s participation in or refusal to participate in recommending, performing, or assisting in an abortion procedure.

This would not apply if the abortion procedure was during emergency medical treatment of a serious physical condition necessary to preserve the woman’s life.

The law prohibits a hospital, which is not controlled, maintained and supported by a public authority, from being required to permit the performance of an abortion. A refusal to permit such procedures may not be grounds for civil liability to any person nor a basis for any disciplinary or other recriminatory action against the hospital.

The law, enacted in 1976, does not require refusing entities or individuals to provide notification or referrals to patients seeking abortion services.