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Press Release: Abortion ban bill could result in second degree felony for women who perform their own abortions

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Following debate and passage of SB 174, Abortion Prohibition Amendments, in the House Health and Human Services Committee, Lauren Simpson, policy director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “It is time for any conservatives …

Fetal remains bill gains final passage in Utah Legislature

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. A requirement that health care facilities dispose of fetal remains by burial or cremation passed the Utah Legislature on Friday after lawmakers reinstated the two-option mandate for cases of miscarriage in addition to abortion. The …

Big Utah school funding changes clear first legislative hurdles

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Lawmakers on Thursday took the first steps toward asking Utahns to vote later this year on a major shift in the way Utah funds its public school system. Members of the House and Senate committees …

Lawmakers try to alter voter-approved redistricting reforms

This article originally appeared in the Washington Post. Read it in its entirety here. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — With the census approaching, lawmakers in some states are attempting to alter recent voter-approved measures that were intended to reduce partisan gamesmanship when drawing new voting districts for the U.S. House and …

House approves bill requiring ‘dignified’ treatment of fetal remains

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah House fell in line with its Senate counterpart on Wednesday, putting a final stamp of approval on the way fetal remains are to be handled in Utah following a miscarriage …

Press Release: Better Utah statement on fetal remains mandate

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Following debate and passage of SB 67, Disposition of Fetal Remains, in the State House, Lauren Simpson, policy director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “As a result of Rep. Ray Ward’s thoughtful amendment, …

Now focused on abortion, Provo lawmaker’s fetal remains bill passes through Utah House

This article originally appeared in the Daily Herald. You can read it in its entirety here. An amended version of a bill sponsored by a Provo lawmaker regarding the disposal of fetal remains of women who have abortions or miscarriages passed through the Utah State House on Wednesday and now …

Anti-gerrymandering compromise garners unanimous support from Utah Senate

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. A proposed rewrite of the state’s anti-gerrymandering law glided through the Utah Senate on Tuesday, leaving in the rearview the tense negotiations that forged it. “Well, senators, this is the bill that was so controversial, …

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