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Iowa Sex-Selective Abortion Ban (SF 13)

This law was last updated on Dec 15, 2014




SF 13


Failed to Pass


Jan 16, 2013


Sex- or Race-Selective Bans

Full Bill Text

SF 13 would have prohibited a person from performing or attempting to perform an abortion that is based on the gender of the fetus. It also would have prohibited a person from using force or threat of force to coerce the performance or attempted performance of an abortion based on the gender of the fetus and to prohibit accepting or soliciting money to pay for an abortion based on the gender of the fetus.

This bill would have prohibited a physician from performing an abortion unless he/she certified that the abortion was not being performed because of the sex or gender of the fetus and that he/she had no knowledge that the procedure was sought because of the sex or gender of the fetus.

A violation of this provision would be a class C felony. The bill would have prohibited a criminal penalty from being imposed against the woman upon whom an abortion is performed.

Sex-selection abortions are not a widespread problem in the United States. However, anti-choice activists cite three studies documenting the use of sex-selection abortion primarily among a small number of immigrant women. The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum notes that a ban similar to this ban “targets and thus limits reproductive health access for Asian American & Pacific Islander women, who anti-choicers say are the ones guilty of this abortion practice. We know the real solution to ending the preference for sons in some families is getting to the root of the problem: gender inequity. If lawmakers truly want to help us, we call on them to promote equal pay, access to education, health equity, and ending violence against women.”