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Local lawmakers weigh in on future of fetal heartbeat bill

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The legislative session went longer than expected and Senate File 359, better known as the fetal heartbeat bill, was one of the most controversial bills passed.

The legislation would effectively ban most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, with exemptions for cases of rape and incest. 

Some say that would ban the medical procedure before some women know they're pregnant.

The bill has been signed into law but, will it hold up? 

"Obviously if Justice Kennedy retires and another pro-life conservative supreme court nominee comes in like Justice Gorsuch, I think it has a real chance," says Sen. Jim Carlin, (R) Sioux City 

Democrats say they are still not happy the bill passed. 

"Personally, I just know that a woman has the right to control her own body, and as a man, I would never take that away," says Rep. Tim Kacena, (D) Sioux City 

Senator Carlin says South Carolina recently passed a similar bill and he says it depends which bill makes it to the supreme court first to see what the next step will be. 

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