The Des Moines Register reports:
A bill banning most late-term abortions in Iowa was sent to the Senate floor today after lawmakers invoked a rarely-used legislative rule to force the measure out of a Senate committee.
Twenty-six lawmakers – a majority of the Iowa Senate – signed a so-called “discharge petition” to force House File 657 out of the Iowa Senate Government Oversight Committee, where it had been considered dead....
The bill, approved earlier this session by the Iowa House, would limit abortions after the 20th week to situations where the mother’s life is in “immediate danger.” Gov. Terry Branstad has indicated his support for the legislation.
The proposal is aimed at stopping Dr. LeRoy Carhart, a Nebraska physician, from following through with his plans to open a late-term abortion clinic in Council Bluffs.
Whole article here: http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2011/05/03/rare-manuever-forces-bill-banning-late-term-abortions-to-iowa-senate-floor/