A state senator says he will introduce legislation later this week designed to block a Council Bluffs clinic that would provide late-term abortions.
Iowa City Democrat Joe Bolkcom told reporters Tuesday he will introduce his measure in the Senate Ways and Means Committee, which he heads. He says his bill would prevent Nebraska Dr. LeRoy Carhart from opening a clinic in Council Bluffs, but it also would allow abortions in order to protect the health of women.
Carhart announced plans for a Council Bluffs clinic after Nebraska approved a law largely outlawing late-term abortions.
The Iowa House also has approved a measure banning abortions after 20 weeks, but it's more restrictive and doesn't allow exceptions in cases of rape, incest or fetus abnormalities.
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