Iowa Bill Regarding Personal Injury to a Viable Fetus Claims (HF 621)
This law was last updated on Mar 10, 2019
HF 621 provides that an action seeking damages for personal injury to a viable fetus must be brought by a parent, court-appointed guardian, or conservator, as the real party in interest.
The bill would prohibit a court from adjudicating the issue of viability of a fetus without affording the fetus, through the real party in interest, due process and equal protection of the law.
If passed, a purported “father” would be able to file a personal injury claim on behalf of a fetus or embryo against a doctor who performs an abortion or even the pregnant person who obtains one. They could also potentially file a personal injury claim against a pregnant person for any alleged substance abuse.
3/5/2019 – Introduced; referred to House Judiciary Committee.