Jun 24, 2022 - News

Abortion will be banned in Utah now that Roe v. Wade is overturned

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The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade Friday which will trigger Utah's ban on abortions.

  • In 2020, state lawmakers passed an abortion ban that would take effect if the court overturned Roe.

What's next: Utah's ban will take effect once the state's legislative general counsel certifies to lawmakers that the court has allowed states to ban abortion at any point in pregnancy.

  • That could happen as early as Friday. The general counsel's office was not available to confirm the time frame for certification.

Details: The trigger law makes it a second-degree felony to perform an abortion in nearly every case, at any stage in pregnancy.

Zoom out: Idaho, Wyoming and Arizona also have passed abortion restrictions.

By the numbers: There were 2,776 abortions performed on Utah patients in 2019, the most recent year for which data is available.

What they're saying: "This is infuriating, devastating news," Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall tweeted.

  • "I'm angry that the Court has overturned this precedent that has saved lives and protected individual freedom. My heart is with every woman in Salt Lake City today. This is a giant step backwards for Americans."

The other side: "I am proud to witness today's Supreme Court ruling in favor of human life," Rep. John Curtis said in a statement. "Personally, I believe these laws should include the preservation of life, but I also appreciate that this ruling allows elected officials, closer to the people, to draft laws that align with their state's moral views."


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