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Monday, March 8, 2010

Utah Anti-Abortion Law: An Update

A large scale Utah anti-abortion bill, which was sent to Gov. Gary R. Herbert for review, has been sent back to the state legislature unsigned. This bill, which caused a lot of outrage across the country, would have allowed a woman to be sentenced up to life in prison if her fetus died from "reckless" or "intentional" behavior.

The sponsor of this bill, Representative Carl D. Wimmer, withdrew this piece of legislation and removed the language that would have permitted women to be prosecuted for a "reckless act" that resulted in the death of the fetus. However, the revised bill still allows prosecution for a woman that performs "intentional" behavior that results in a miscarriage.

The case motivating this legislation is that of a 17-year-old girl who paid a man to beat her in hopes that it would result in the miscarriage of her 7-month-old fetus.

This case is a real tragedy. However, the larger problem, which GOP Choice pointed out, is that this 17-year-old felt she had to use such measures to end her pregnancy. If this young woman was aware of the resources at her fingertips, provided by organizations like Planned Parenthood and other pro-choice organizations, she may never have been drawn to this extreme behavior.

We will be monitoring the outcome of this legislation in the coming weeks.

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