March 19, 2020

Utah Legislators Pass Law that would Ban Most Abortions if Roe v. Wade is Overturned

On March 9, Utah's House joined the Senate in approving a "trigger" bill which would ban most abortions (with exceptions for cases of rape and incest) if Roe v. Wade is overturned. The bill is currently awaiting the approval of Republican Gov. Gary Herbert.

There are currently 8 other states with "trigger laws" in place to outlaw abortion immediately if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Because they don't take effect unless the court reverses the landmark decision, they cannot be challenged in court.

Votes for the "trigger bill" were along party lines in both houses: 22-5 in the Senate and 51-21 in the House.

A bill requiring that abortion facilities bury or cremate the remains of aborted children is also awaiting the Utah governor's signature.

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