Legislation is latest in raft of anti-abortion laws passed in states across the country since supreme court overturned Roe v Wade

Iowa’s state legislature voted on Tuesday night to ban most abortions after around six weeks of pregnancy, a time before most people know they are pregnant. Republican lawmakers, which hold a majority in both the Iowa house and senate, passed the anti-abortion bill after governor Kim Reynolds called a special session to seek a vote on the ban.

The bill passed with exclusively Republican support in a rare, one-day legislative burst lasting more than 14 hours.

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