2020 Legislative Session Week 8
It’s the last week of the 2020 Utah legislative Session! (Phew!) The session will end on Thursday, March 12. For these last 3 days, legislators will be on the House and Senate floors late into the night trying to vote on as many remaining bills as possible.
Here’s what you need to know:
H.B. 364, Representative Christiansen’s mandatory ultrasound
bill, passed the Senate Health and Human Services
Committee yesterday. This bill is now on the 2nd reading calendar of the Senate
waiting for a full Senate vote.
This bill would force people seeking an abortion to obtain and pay for a medically unnecessary ultrasound 72 hours before they can get an abortion. This bill is yet another restriction in a long list of laws the Utah legislature has passed to chip away at the right to abortion. This bill is not about informed consent. It is about shaming women for their choices. Utahns do not need legislators to help them make their personal health care decisions. This mandate would add additional cost, time, and logistical burdens to people seeking abortion care.
TAKE ACTION: Contact your Senator TODAY and ask them to VOTE NO on H.B. 364
Here’s the deal: Of the three anti-abortion bills this session, H.B. 364 would have the most immediate negative impact on Utahns. This bill could cause serious harm to Utahns ability to access abortion care. We need to start calling on Governor Herbert to veto this bill. Contact him here.
S.B. 174, Senator McCay’s abortion
ban, passed the House Health and Human Services
Committee. It is now on the reading calendar of the House waiting for a full
This “trigger” bill would ban almost all abortions in Utah if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. This extreme legislation goes too far in inserting government into our personal, private lives and is out of touch with what Utahns want. Everyone should have access to the health care they need without politicians controlling when, how, or why. Politicians have no right to impose their personal beliefs on everyone in our state.
TAKE ACTION: Contact your House Representative and ask them to VOTE NO on S.B. 174
At this point in the session, calls/voicemails and texts are
best. If you send an email, put in the subject line: “Vote NO on HB
364” or “Vote NO on SB 174”. Legislators need to hear from
constituents that they have gone too far this session with these anti-abortion
you are the majority! 80%
of Utahns do not want more abortion restrictions.
If access to abortion has impacted your life or the life of someone close to you — please share those stories with legislators. They need to hear that the vast majority of people who get abortions, do not regret it.
Lastly, please share this action alert with your circles. We need as many voices speaking out against these bills as possible.
As always, check out our bill tracker for updates on all the bills we have been watching this year.