Letters to the Editor:
Julie Roe’s attack against State Senator Steve Sodders regarding his stance on HF657, a ban on abortions after 20 weeks, is full of misinformation.
First of all, the “medical science” claiming that a fetus feels pain at 20 weeks is inconclusive. Many studies have dismissed this concept. Additionally, these are not “partial-birth” abortions. Those procedures are already illegal in the United States, and have been for years.
Finally, the claim that this bill is a way to stop Dr. Carhart, seems to be nothing more than an excuse to restrict health care options for all Iowa women. Dr. Carhart announced his intentions to move to Iowa over six months ago, and there is no indication that he’ll be coming here anytime soon, if at all.
Despite being incorrect on many items, Ms. Roe did get one fact right. HF 657 does not provide protections for the health/life of the mother or exceptions for rape and incest. The only thing this bill effectively does is place a woman’s health in jeopardy, and take medical decisions out of her hands,and places them into the hands of politicians. These are legitimate concerns, and I’m glad that Mr. Sodders is opposing this extreme bill.