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21 Iowa senators back putting abortion ban to vote

Published On: Apr 26 2013 11:49:38 AM CDT
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -

Twenty-one Iowa senators have signed a resolution that if approved would make abortion illegal in the state, but even a key supporter says it likely won't get a vote.

Republican Sen. Dennis Guth of Klemme says Friday the resolution he sponsored would make abortion illegal by amending the state constitution to define life as beginning at conception.

Although one Democrat joined with 20 Republicans in signing the resolution submitted Thursday, Guth says it likely won't come up for a vote in the Senate, where Democrats hold a majority.

To become law, two Legislatures elected in separate, consecutive elections would need to approve the measure, which then would go to voters.

Guth says the Iowa resolution is modeled after North Dakota legislation that will go to a public vote next year.

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