Ask Governor Herbert to Veto!
We hope you are staying healthy and safe and doing your part in these uncertain times to minimize the spread of COVID-19. This is a time of great social responsibility where we must virtually stand together, even as we keep our physical distance.
While we all adjust to this new reality of social distancing, our advocacy work must continue. The Legislative session ended last week with two anti-abortion bills headed to the Governor’s desk:
- S.B. 174, which would ban nearly all abortions in Utah if Roe v. Wade is overturned, and
- S.B. 67, which would require fetal tissue from miscarriages and abortions to be cremated or buried, denying women and health care facilities the option of disposing of fetal tissue with other biological material.
Both of these bills are an attack on the agency, health, and safety of Utahns. In a time when our health care system is under immense pressure, these bills could have catastrophic consequences for Utahns and for the health care providers we all rely on.
These bills go too far in inserting government into our personal, private lives, and are 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. As Dr. Suzanne Harrison and Dr. Ray Ward both said during debates on S.B. 174, the abortion ban will endanger women’s health and lives. This bill would make a criminal out of anyone who attempts to have an abortion on their own and could prevent them from accessing medical care out of fear of prosecution.
The fetal remains bill interferes in a deeply personal, often complex experience and could create an operational nightmare for an already strained health care system.
We know that 80% of Utahns do NOT want more abortion restrictions. If these bills are signed into law, the impact will be predominantly felt by those who already experience barriers to health care, including young women, women of color, those with disabilities, women with low incomes, and women who live in rural areas or are undocumented.
must urge Governor Herbert to VETO S.B. 174 and S.B. 67. Call him now and often. Email
him using this simple form. Share this email with your friends and family.
Governor Herbert has until April 1st to make a decision about these bills
– make sure he knows NOW that Utahns want him to VETO.
If ever there was a time to be an armchair activist – this is it!