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Overturning Roe isn’t the way forward

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court has once again reignited political debates about the future of Roe v. Wade, with many conservative lawmakers itching to see it overturned. Roe affirms a constitutional right to privacy inherent in the 14th Amendment which protects the right to have

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Press Release: Better Utah responds to Christiansen’s ultrasound bill

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, Representative Steve Christiansen’s ultrasound bill was numbered. The bill, H.B. 364 Abortion Revisions, would mandate that a physician give a woman an ultrasound, describe the images produced by the ultrasound, and make the cardiac rhythm audible if possible. The bill includes a

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Utah lawmakers tee up a court fight with passage of an 18-week abortion ban

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Republican Utah senators were undaunted by the near-certainty of lawsuits and an uphill battle through the courts as they voted 23-6 along party lines Wednesday evening to ban elective abortions after 18 weeks of fetal development. A bipartisan majority of

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House committee OKs 18-week abortion ban opposed by some as ‘arbitrary’, ‘paternalistic’ and likely unconstitutional

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. A proposed 18-week cap on legal, elective abortions earned a muted victory in committee Wednesday, with two Republicans joining three Democrats in a 7-5 vote to send the bill to the full Utah House for debate. Freshman Rep. Steve Waldrip, R-Eden, said he philosophically objects to message bills that invite litigation, adding that HB136

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Lawmaker who wants to reduce legal abortion window says bill is worth potential legal cost

This article originally appeared in 2 KUTV. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — When a woman can legally get an abortion in Utah might soon change if one representative gets her way.  “It’s sanctioned in Utah that it’s actually legal to dismember a fetus,” says Rep. Cheryl Acton, who represents Utah’s District 43. Currently, the law limits abortions to 20 weeks. Acton’s bill would

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