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Gary Herbert on Abortion

 

 


Collect information on reason for abortion, race, ethnicity

Legislative Summary: SB60: This bill requires the Department of Health to prepare an annual report for the Health and Human Services Interim Committee, including information on: the number of abortions performed in the state; the reported reason, if any, why the patient sought the abortion; and at what stage of pregnancy the abortions took place; the race and ethnicity of the women on whom the abortions were performed.

Analysis by ACLU-Utah: Some of the information in question includes the reason for seeking an abortion, stage of pregnancy, and the race of the woman seeking an abortion. It seems clear that this bill is a thinly veiled effort to restrict women's reproductive choices down the road.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 56-17-2 on Mar/12/13; Passed Senate 23-4-2 on Mar/12/13; Signed by Governor Gary Herbert on Mar/22/13

Source: ACLU-UT on Utah voting record SB60 , Mar 22, 2013

Enacted new fees & inspections for abortion clinics

HB171: This bill amends provisions of the Health Care Facility Licensing and Inspection Act in relation to abortion clinics.

ACLU-Utah case to vote NO: H.B. 171 unfairly subjects Utah's three existing women's health clinics which offer abortions to twice a year inspections and higher government fees. Placing unnecessary regulations on physicians and the clinics in which they practice is bad public policy that stifles the doctor-patient relationship.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 47-25-3 on Mar/7/11; Passed Senate 22-6-1 on Mar/9/11; Signed by Governor Gary Herbert on Mar/22/11

Source: ACLU-Utah on Utah legislative voting records HB171 , Mar 22, 2011

Don't criminalize woman seeking illegal forms of abortion

Last May, a 17-year-old girl, seven months pregnant, paid a man $150 to beat her up in hopes of inducing a miscarriage. The fetus survived the assault and was born in August. The attacker went to jail. And the girl became the center of a bill that would formally criminalize what she did, that is, to seek an illegal abortion.

Gov. Herbert has said he agrees generally with the bills goals but is still studying the particulars: Utah would still allow legal abortions performed by a doctor. But it would go further than any other state in mapping out when a woman is criminally liable for trying to end a pregnancy through other means or self-infliction.

Critics say legislation inspired by an unusual, perhaps even freakish criminal case, could open up a vast frontier around the question of intent and responsibility and give local prosecutors huge new powers to inquire about a woman's intentions toward her unborn child. [Gov. Herbert vetoed the bill on March 8, 2010].

Source: Kirk Johnson in New York Times, "Criminalize Abortion" , Feb 28, 2010

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