Utah Senate Passes Abortion Ban

Utah Senate Passes Abortion Ban

(UnitedVoice.com) – The Utah Senate passed a bill last week that makes almost all abortions illegal. The only exceptions are in the cases of incest, rape, if the fetus has defects that are fatal or if the mother’s life is in danger.

The bill, known as the Abortion Prohibition Amendments, provides that anyone convicted of performing an illegal abortion (a second-degree felony) could be charged a $10,000 fine and serve up to 15 years in prison as well as face a licensing board.

The ban is currently not in effect because of Roe v. Wade, but it includes a trigger clause. This means that if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned, the ban would automatically go into effect.

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This isn’t the first anti-abortion bill that has been passed in Utah. Last year, one was passed that made abortion after 18 weeks illegal. The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood Association of Utah filed a suit in response. The ban was eventually blocked by a federal judge.

We’ll keep you updated as this story progresses.

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