Senate President Jake Chapman submitted SJR 2 on Wednesday morning. The proposed constitutional amendment will right the wrong done by the Iowa Supreme Court in a decision regarding abortion.
Chapman has defended life throughout his time in the Iowa legislature.
“The assault on the defenseless has silenced over 60 million Americans since 1973 and that number mounts every day,” Chapman said in his opening remarks of the session. “This legislative body has stood courageously for the life of the unborn. Regrettably, five unelected judges, with the stroke of a pen fabricated a constitutional right to an abortion under Iowa’s constitution. This egregious usurpation of power will not be left unchecked. It is our responsibility, it is our oath-bound duty, to rightfully propose to the people of Iowa a constitutional amendment to correct this judicial over-reach.
“I am honored to have 28 of my colleagues sign on as co-sponsors. As promised, we will not allow unelected judges to re-write our constitution. This is a power rightfully reserved for the voters of Iowa.”