Iowa ‘Personhood’ Bill (HF 171)
This law was last updated on Apr 22, 2016
HF 171 would amend Iowa’s criminal code to include “personhood” language.
The bill would redefine “person” in the Iowa criminal code to mean “all living human beings from the beginning of their biological development as human organisms regardless of age, race, sex, gender, capacity to function, condition of physical or mental dependency or disability, or method of sexual or asexual reproduction used, whether existing in vivo or in vitro, and each person is accorded the same rights and protections guaranteed to all persons by the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Iowa, and the laws of this state.”
HF 171 died in the Judiciary Committee. A similar bill, HF 138, was introduced days before HF 171 was introduced. It also failed to pass out of the Judiciary Committee.