State Sen. Jake Chapman made good on his promise last week to file a Senate Joint Resolution to amend the Iowa Constitution so that it rejects a right to an abortion. The Iowa Supreme Court issued a ruling last year that said there is a fundamental right to an abortion within the Iowa Constitution.
That ruling played a major role in last week’s ruling against Iowa’s Heartbeat law.
Chapman immediately said he’d be filing this constitutional amendment.
“The decision by the Iowa Supreme Court in a previous ruling and the decision by this judge on this case is a gross misinterpretation of the Iowa Constitution,” Chapman wrote on Facebook.
Chapman told The Iowa Standard he would call on his colleagues to uphold their oath of office and to protect and defend the constitution and the people.
“That includes all people — unborn and born,” Chapman said. “We have a real opportunity to do that. I cannot express enough my disappointment in our judicial branch and the activism that occurs.”
Chapman got to work right away, judging by the 28 cosponsors he was able to obtain for the amendment.
The resolution reads:
“Article I of the Constitution of the State of Iowa is amended by adding the following new section:
No right to abortion or required funding of abortion. The Constitution of the State of Iowa does not secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”
Removing this so-called “fundamental right” would deal a death blow to that opinion from the Iowa Supreme Court.
It would provide more legal protection for pro-life bills in the state of Iowa.