2020 Legislative Session Week 3
It’s week 3 of the 2020 Utah Legislature – here’s your update:
Utah Senate Passes S.B. 67 – Disposition of Fetal Remains
After adopting yet another substitute on Monday and making some last minute amendments yesterday, Senator Bramble’s S.B. 67 was passed by the Senate in a vote along party lines. Now it’s time to contact your Representative. Once the bill is assigned to a committee in the House – we will need your help to make sure committee members understand that Utahns do NOT want this bill. Stay tuned for an action alert!
Despite the many changes made since it was first introduced, the heart of S.B. 67 remains the same, and its purpose is clear: to impose more government regulations on deeply personal medical experiences in an effort to undermine safe and legal abortion. Here’s our fact sheet on the bill.
Other priority bills we are watching:
Senator Kitchen’s S.B. 74 would expand contraceptive access to women in Utah with household incomes 250% below the federal poverty level. Kitchen’s bill has stalled in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. Check out the Salt Lake Tribune’s article and contact the members of the HHS committee to express your support of S.B. 74. If Utah legislators want to decrease the need for abortion in our state, this bill is a great start.
Representative Jen Dailey-Provost’s H.B. 65 removes the need for physicians to verify that a police report has been filed before providing an abortion for a rape victim. This bill is still awaiting assignment to a committee.
Dan McCay’s Abortion Ban still has not been numbered, so we have not seen the actual bill language yet. He has said it will ban all abortions except for rape, incest, or health of the mother. Look for an action alert as soon as we know more!
And last but not least, check out these two incredible Op-Eds:
CJ Taylor: Why the urge to punish women who are pregnant?
David Turok: Trust people with the freedom to choose abortion.
If you are part of the medical community – please consider signing this Open Letter to Utah Legislators.