2020 Legislative Session Week 7
Less than one week remains in the 2020 Legislative session — one of the worst sessions we have ever seen for reproductive health care and rights.
Here’s where things stand:
H.B. 364, Representative
Christiansen’s mandatory ultrasound bill, passed the House and is now in the Senate. This bill forces
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. By mandating a non-consensual, medically unnecessary procedure, this law could add trauma to an already complex and often difficult experience.
TAKE ACTION: Contact your Senator and ask them to VOTE NO on H.B. 364
S.B. 174, Senator McCay’s abortion
ban, passed the Senate and is
now in the House. This “trigger” bill would ban almost all abortions
in Utah if the Supreme Court overturns Roe
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
S.B. 67, Senator Bramble’s fetal
tissue bill passed both chambers and will soon go to the Governor. This
bill has undergone many changes in its journey through the legislature, but the
version agreed on by both chambers maintains that health care providers
must dispose of fetal tissue from abortion and miscarriage through burial or
cremation and not with other biological material.
Despite Senator Bramble’s claims that this bill gives women more choices, it clearly does not. This bill is more governmental intrusion into a deeply personal experience.
TAKE ACTION: Contact Governor Herbert and ask him to VETO S.B. 67
We need to make sure our
lawmakers and the Governor know that the
MAJORITY of Utahns support reproductive rights, sex education, and access
to affordable family planning services and OPPOSE these extreme measures to
limit our access to safe and legal abortion. And remember, some of our legislators really are listening.
If your Representative or Senator spoke out or voted against these bad bills, be sure to say thank
Keep an eye on your inbox over the weekend — S.B. 174 and H.B. 364 may go to committee hearings on Monday. We will let you know as soon as the agendas are posted.
Check out our bill tracker for more on the bills we are watching this year.