Week Four of the 2019 Utah Legislative Session
A report from the 2019 Legislative Session.
Representative Acton’s abortion ban HB 136 came out of Rules this week and directly to the House Judiciary Committee where Rep. Acton put on a show with an inflammatory PowerPoint presentation scripted by Pro-Life Utah. In committee, Representative Acton changed the ban from 15-weeks to 18-weeks supposedly as a strategy to set the State up for the litigation that will follow this, or any, pre-viability ban passed by the legislature. ACLU of Utah prevailed in court last time the Utah Legislature tried to ban abortion and, together with Planned Parenthood, they will do so again. Moving from 15-to-18-weeks changes nothing. See our updated fact sheet here.
The second pre-viability abortion ban, HB 166, passed out of the House and is in the Senate for deliberation. It was assigned to a surprising choice (or is it??)—the Senate Business and Labor Committee—yesterday afternoon and is on the agenda today at 2:00 pm. If you have a chance, send a quick email to committee members asking them to Vote No on HB 166. As you may recall, Representative Lisonbee added a “trigger clause” to her abortion ban this year, which in effect nullifies the ban. See Planned Parenthood’s one-pager here. Planned Parenthood will be in the committee and you are welcome to join us to stand in opposition to the bill.
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