A key lawmaker is predicting the Legislature will find a compromise that would block a proposed clinic in Council Bluffs that would perform late-term abortions.
Iowa City Democratic Sen. Joe Bolkcom says a compromise could be reached later this week that would block the clinic but not impose a broad ban as has been approved by the House. Bolkcom acknowledged Monday that details of that compromise are still being bargained.
The proposed restrictions are in response to a plan by Nebraska Dr. LeRoy Carhart to open a clinic in Council Bluffs that specializes in late-term abortions.
Carhart told The Associated Press the proposal is silly.
Bolkcom says the House measure, which would ban nearly all abortions after 20 weeks, is probably unconstitutional. He says Senate Democrats want more limited restriction.
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