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Iowa Bill Relating to the Nonconsensual Cause of Death and Serious Injury to an ‘Unborn’ Person (SF 523)

This law was last updated on Mar 29, 2019


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Iowa

Number

SF 523

Status

Proposed

Proposed

Mar 7, 2019

Topics

Fetal Homicide, Personhood

Full Bill Text

www.legis.iowa.gov

SF 523 would increase the penalty for anyone convicted of intentionally causing the termination of a pregnancy against the pregnant person’s wishes.

A person who “causes the death of an unborn person” without the consent of the pregnant person during the commission of a forcible felony would be guilty of a class “A” felony—punishable by life imprisonment.

A person who “causes the death of an unborn person” without the consent of the pregnant person during the commission of a felony or felonious assault would be guilty of a class “A” felony—punishable by life imprisonment.

A person who intentionally “causes the death of an unborn person” without the knowledge and voluntary consent of the pregnant person would be guilty of a class “B” felony—punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

A person who unintentionally “causes the death of an unborn person” by vehicular homicide would be guilty of a class “B” felony—punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

A person who coerces consent of the pregnant person to “cause the death of an unborn person” would be guilty of a class “C” felony—punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

A person who unintentionally “causes the death of an unborn person” while drag racing would be guilty of a class “D” felony—punishable by up to five years in prison.

A person who unintentionally “causes the death of an unborn person” without the knowledge and consent of the pregnant person by the commission of an act in a manner likely to cause the death or or serious injury to an “unborn person” would be guilty of an aggravated misdemeanor—punishable by up to two years in prison.

It would be an aggravated or serious misdemeanor to “cause serious injury to an unborn person.”

The bill clarifies that actions which “cause the death of or serious injury to an unborn person” do not apply to approved medical procedures, an act of self-defense, and any act or omission of the pregnant person.


Latest Action

Sponsored by state senate judiciary committee.

3/7/19 – Introduced.

3/26/19 – Passed the Senate by a 31-18 vote.