Abortion is Essential Health Care
How are you holding up in this strange new world? We hope you and yours are safe and healthy and staying home as much as possible.
As we close out the week, I want to give you a final update from the Legislative Session. First, thank you to everyone who called and emailed the Governor over the last few weeks. Last weekend, despite the thousands of calls and emails asking him to veto the anti-abortion bills, Governor Herbert signed S.B. 174 and S.B. 67 into law. This is unconscionable in the best of times, but to add further strain to the health care system during a public health crisis is truly astounding.
It is too soon to know how health care facilities will implement the fetal remains bill. What we do know is this bill was completely unnecessary, will add bureaucracy and cost to miscarriage and abortion care, and is a blatant intrusion into private medical decisions.
As for the trigger ban, nothing changes unless Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court. So let’s all send our collective good thoughts to Justice Ginsburg to stay healthy! And let’s pledge to do all we can to get Trump out of office! Our ability to access abortion in Utah now rests on the Supreme Court upholding Roe — we can’t afford another Trump appointee.
Rest assured, abortion remains safe and legal in Utah. The Planned Parenthood Metro Health Center is open and seeing patients — continuing to provide time-sensitive and essential abortion care. We will never stop fighting to protect our freedom and our right to access abortion. Abortion must always remain an option for Utahns if and when they need it.
Other Planned Parenthood Health Centers are also open and providing services while still practicing all precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This means more appointments conducted by phone or video conference and patients should call before going into a health center. If you have questions, check out Planned Parenthood Assocation of Utah’s website. You can also find more information about the coronavirus here. For Utah specific resources check out coronavirus.utah.gov.
In these challenging times, it helps to know that we are truly all in this together. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones by staying home if possible and abiding by all the CDC recommendations to protect yourself when you do have to go out. Thank you to all the essential workers who are providing the health care, food, deliveries, manufacturing and more that we all need to keep going at this time. Stay safe.