Week Two of the 2018 Utah Legislative Session
Here are the highlights from week two of Utah’s 2018 Legislative Session.
On Tuesday, H.B. 12 Family Planning Services Amendments passed out favorably through the House. It will be heard by the Senate Health and Human services committee today (Feb 2) at 4pm in Room #250 at the State Capitol. Please email members of the committee and ask them to vote in favor of the bill–if you are a constituent of one of the committee members, be sure to mention that in your message title and body!
Senator Weiler’s S.B. 118 Abortion Law Amendments was heard and passed out favorably by the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday. This bill would require the Utah Department of Health to create a digital module containing the “informed consent” language that’s currently mandated to be given to people seeking an abortion 72 hours before their procedure.
While Planned Parenthood is neutral on SB 118 we should not forget that the state mandated “informed consent” law is written by politicians, singles out abortion, and imposes detailed requirements that are specifically designed to dissuade a person from having an abortion. It is of note that the “informed consent” referred to in this legislation is separate from the medically-based best practice consent process established by the medical community that providers give prior to an abortion. The “informed consent” required by the state, and the subsequent 72-hour waiting period, impede access to safe, legal abortion. These laws make it more difficult for people to get the care they need by pushing an abortion to later in pregnancy and increasing the economic, emotional, and physical burdens on patients.
H.B. 205/Down Syndrome Nondiscrimination Abortion Act will likely go the House floor early next week. The bill is an unconstitutional ban on abortion and passage of it will result in a costly lawsuit for the State and taxpayers. Contact your House Representative and ask them to vote against this ban.