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Abortion amendment passes first hurdle in Iowa Senate

DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) -- In the Iowa Senate Thursday, legislators discussed an amendment for the Iowa constitution that would block public funding of abortions or a woman's right to said procedure.

The amendment passed 38-12.

Many Democrats and Republicans in the Senate spoke along party lines. Senator Bill Dotzler, a Waterloo Democrat, was quoted on twitter as saying "You don't have the education to play physician."

Governor Kim Reynolds, who's advocated for stricter abortion laws in Iowa, also took to social media.

"Yes! Thank you to those in the Iowa Senate who stood up for life." Reynolds said in a tweet.

The amendment must also pass the house this year, again in the next General Assembly which would be the next two years, and finally must go before the Iowa public for a vote before it went into effect.

Taylor Vessel

Multimedia Reporter

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