Week Six of the 2017 Utah Legislative Session
Week Six: So far, so good.
A quick recap of the bills we are focused on at Planned Parenthood as we head into the last 10 days of the 2017 Legislative Session:
H.B. 384 Abortion Clinic Licensing Amendments
Rep. King is the sponsor of another great 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. HB 384 was held in the House Health and Human Services Committee last Thursday, after hearing testimony, but we are hopeful that it will get back on an agenda this week. Read the bill here.
H.B. 141 Unborn Child Protection Amendments
Rep. Stratton amended HB 141 in committee, so that it will have no impact on informed consent at Planned Parenthood, or our protocols or procedures. To conserve our collective energy, we are remaining neutral on HB 141. However, it does not change the fact that HB 141 will do nothing to advance women’s health, but rather is a message bill intended to shame women and stigmatize abortion. You can read the amended text here.
H.B. 154 Telehealth Amendments
The Utah Legislature did the right thing and passed HB 154 without the ban on medication abortion. Once Sen. Shiozawa amended the bill in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee (cutting out the ban on abortion) no one tried to put the language back in and the House and Senate reconciled the amended language through the concurrence process. HB 154 is on to the Governor’s Office for his signature. Read the amended bill here.
H.B. 57 Reproductive Health and Medicaid Amendments
HB 57 is stuck in the House Business and Labor Committee and it does not look like it will make it out this session. Read the bill here.
As the session wraps up, we will start to shift our attention to the national policy conversation and encourage you to identify who represents you in Congress. Our members of Congress were on recess and in Utah last week and visited with our state legislature. After we shook up Congressman Chaffetz’ town hall… we haven’t seen many more meetings scheduled, but we always want to be on the lookout for opportunities to talk with our reps. You can search for town halls here.
Finally, you can read more about the national “defunding” agenda on the I Stand with Planned Parenthood website.