Lawmaker introduces bill to make abortion illegal in Utah after 15 weeks

This article originally appeared in 2 KUTV. Read it in its entirety here.

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — A Utah lawmaker has introduced a bill to prohibit abortion from being performed in Utah after 15 weeks, with some exceptions.

Utah Policy first reported that State Rep. Cheryl Acton, R-District 43, had introduced the bill, H.B. 136.

If the bill were passed, a pregnant woman could not abort her unborn child once it reached 15 weeks gestational age.

Salt Lake City-based government watchdog Alliance for a Better Utah released a statement Wednesday saying the bill would be one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation is passed, and would “fly in the face of Roe v. Wade.” The organization called the bill an “unconstitutional waste of taxpayer dollars,” hinting that a potentially costly legal challenge could likely be made to the bill should it pass. 

“There are so many wonderful projects and causes that are denied funding each year because of a lack of funding,” Lauren Simpson, policy director for the organization, said in the statement. “We should invest our taxpayer dollars in those priorities, rather than paying more lawyers to defend patently unconstitutional bills.”

This article originally appeared in 2 KUTV. Read it in its entirety here.

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