Iowa’s special session to address abortion access in the state

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(ABC 6 News) – Lawmakers in Iowa are heading back to the Capitol next week for a special legislative session meant to address abortion access.

Governor Kim Reynolds says she’s reconvening the legislature for the “sole purpose of enacting legislation that addresses abortion and protects unborn lives.”

It comes roughly 3 weeks after the Iowa Supreme Court refused to reverse a lower court’s ruling that blocked a 2018 law that banned abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.

Republicans are celebrating the governor’s decision. In a statement, Floyd County representative Charley Thomson said, “I applaud Governor Reynolds’ decision to protect the lives of the unborn.”

But, Democratic representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City says Republicans are keeping her party in the dark, adding that they have yet to see the bill being prepared by the Republican majority.

“The minority party and all of Iowa, Iowans have not seen the bill. If its the bill passed in 2018, it will be the most restrictive and extreme bill in the nation,” said Steckman.

Republicans are expected to reveal the details of the bill on Tuesday before it heads to floor debate. With Republican majorities in both chambers the bill is expected to pass