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Iowa Abortion Laws

Code Section
707.7; et seq.

Statutory Definition of Illegal Abortion
The termination of a human pregnancy with the intent other than to produce a live birth or to remove a dead fetus

Statutory Definition of Legal Abortion
Necessary to preserve life or health of mother or fetus; after end of second trimester with every reasonable effort made to preserve life of viable fetus

Class “C” Felony charges, which carry a sentence of no more than 10 years in prison and fined at least $1,000 but not more than $10,000

A licensed physician who will perform an abortion on a minor (under age 18, who has not been and is not married) in the state of Iowa must provide notification to one parent in person or by certified mail at the usual place of abode of the parent. The minor may designate a grandparent to be notified, instead of a parent. However, that grandparent may be subject to civil litigation.
A pregnant minor may obtain a judicial waiver from a judge and bypass the parental consent law. Contrary to popular belief, minors do not have to be in an abusive situation to receive a judicial waiver of the parental notification law. A judge may grant a waiver, if the pregnant minor is deemed, “mature and capable of providing informed consent for the performance of an abortion.”


A physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery in the state of Iowa or an osteopath licensed to practice medicine and surgery in the state of Iowa.

Inside Iowa Abortion Laws