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Congressman Steve King was asked about the heartbeat bill on Saturday at his town hall in Sioux City. The audience member asked King how long it would take him in 2021 to introduce the heartbeat bill again should Republicans regain the House of Representatives.
King noted he had 174 cosponsors last Congress. There was also a hearing on the bill, which states before an abortion can be performed, a person must first check for a heartbeat.
“If the heartbeat can be detected, the baby is protected,” King said. “We hear that in the ultrasound and we bond with these babies well before they’re born. We see their personalities and their facial expressions.”
He told a story about the youngest witness to testify before U.S. Congress — Lincoln Glenn Miller. He was 18 weeks gestation and they had him on ultrasound. King said they used a previous ultrasound and he was able to time things so that King could give a direction and Lincoln would comply.
“The folks who are on the other side of this argument, their eyes, they would not watch this,” King said. “And I would say, ‘Lincoln, with a name like Lincoln, are you going to be the great emancipator of the unborn? Or, Lincoln Glenn Miller, are you going to be a great musician, perhaps, as we have the great Glenn Miller from Clarinda, Iowa?'”
A floor vote never happened, and Democrats took control.
However, King helped get the heartbeat bill through the legislature in Iowa. That law, though, is stalled due to a judge’s ruling.
“The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that there was a constitutional right to abortion that somehow was written into the Iowa Constitution,” King said. “It would’ve been a mystery to the people who wrote it and ratified it, but these justices found it. So, now we have a constitutional amendment.”
Ten states have passed a heartbeat bill and 14 more have it introduced.
“The current is moving towards heartbeat legislation one day going to the Supreme Court,” King said. “If we can protect babies from the moment the heartbeat is detected, we’ve taken a great big step about precious, unborn, human life.”