The Utah governor intends to sign a bill that virtually outlaws abortion facilities in the state.
Following the legislation’s passage by the Utah Senate on Thursday, Governor Spencer Cox declared his intention on Friday.
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At a press conference in Salt Lake City, Governor Spencer Cox makes a statement.
At a press conference in Salt Lake City, Governor Spencer Cox makes a statement. (AP Photo/File: Rick Bowmer)
Abortions would not be available from clinics under the anticipated law, and all legal abortion procedures would need to be carried out in a hospital.
Rep. Karianne Lisonbee of Utah’s state legislature proposed a bill that would forbid the licensing of new abortion facilities in the region. All currently operating abortion clinics would also stop operating when their licenses expired.
In order to address worries about responsibility in judicial exceptions to the Utah abortion ban, the law also confirms the state’s definition of abortion.
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the Salt Lake City structure housing the Utah State Capitol.
the Salt Lake City structure housing the Utah State Capitol. (Getty Images through Universal Images Group)
One issue with the trigger measure that worried medical professionals all around the state was the lack of clarity that would have made it challenging for them to carry out legal abortions, according to Cox.
Just after the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade in 2022, a state law outlawing abortions from Utah from 2020 went into force.
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Following the Dobbs ruling by the Supreme Court, individuals attend an abortion-rights demonstration at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City.
Following the Dobbs ruling by the Supreme Court, individuals attend an abortion-rights demonstration at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. Rick Bowmer/AP Photo
Pregnancies involving rape, incest, danger to the mother’s health, and other frequent exceptions are exempt from the ban.
A law prohibiting gender-affirming surgery on adolescents who have not been diagnosed with gender dysphoria was signed by Cox in January.
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