Week Seven of the 2017 Utah Legislative Session
We’re in the final week of the 2017 Utah Legislative Session!
It’s looking like we’re going to end this year’s session on a quiet note. Just a few updates on bills we’ve been following:
H.B. 384 Abortion Clinic Licensing Amendments
The bill was heard and passed with a favorable recommendation by the House Health and Human Services Committee last week, but was then sent back to House Rules Committee. Rep. King is the sponsor of this good piece of legislation; his aim is to wipe out an unconstitutional rule (otherwise known as a TRAP law) that requires the medical director of an abortion clinic to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 15 minutes of the clinic. Read the bill here.
H.B. 141 Unborn Child Protection Amendments
This week, HB 141 is #56 on the 2nd Reading calendar and should get a vote fairly quickly. Rep. Stratton amended the bill in committee, so that it will have no impact on informed consent, protocols, or procedures at Planned Parenthood. You can read the amended text here.
H.B. 200 Sexual Assault Kit Processing Amendments
This bill is #26ish on the 2nd Reading calendar and will likely get a vote in the Senate today. This is not one of PP’s priority bills, but we join our reproductive rights partners in celebrating its fast and positive movement through the legislative session. The bill will advance victims’ rights and put more sexual offenders behind bars. Read the bill here.
Join us in taking action on International Women’s Day – A Day Without a Woman by wearing red, visiting and utilizing women-owned businesses, and participating in Utah Women Unite’s “Ignored but not Silenced” direct action this Wednesday, March 8. UWU’s rally at the Utah State Capitol will be held from 10AM to 1PM and will spotlight those legislators who do not show up on behalf of women’s rights. You can view more information about this event on UWU’s Facebook event or on their website.