A bill before in the Utah legislature this winter would protect unborn babies from abortion in almost all circumstances.
Fox 13 Now reports state Sen. Dan McCay, R-Riverton, introduced the legislation Friday to ban abortions just as he promised his constituents he would.
“The idea that we are still involved in this barbaric practice to me is shocking,” McCay said at a 2019 pro-life rally.
His bill, Senate Bill 174, would prohibit abortions with limited exceptions for rape, incest, risks to the mother’s life and fatal fetal deformities.
Abortion activists quickly attacked the legislation. They almost certainly would file a legal challenge if it passes.
“We are tired of politicians who think they know best trying to force their extreme political ideology onto a deeply personal and sensitive issue. Life is complicated. Reproduction is complicated. Abortion is complicated,” said Lauren Simpson of the pro-abortion Alliance for a Better Utah in a statement.
It is not clear if such legislation would be upheld in court. Some pro-lifers have renewed hope that the new conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court will uphold an abortion ban and overturn Roe v. Wade. Others, however, are hesitant because of concerns about losing the court battle and being forced to reimburse pro-abortion groups for their legal fees.
The Supreme Court took away the states’ ability to protect unborn babies from abortion, and instead allowed abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy. Roe made the United States one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks.
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There is more hope that the new conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court may consider overturning Roe, but it is difficult to say if it would for certain. A Louisiana abortion case before the high court in March is an important test case that will help determine where the justices stand on the matter.
Meanwhile, Utah lawmakers are considering several other pro-life bills that would help save babies and inform pregnant mothers.
State Rep. Steve Christiansen, R-West Jordan, recently introduced a bill to require Utah abortion facilities to give mothers the opportunity to see their unborn babies on an ultrasound and hear their baby’s heartbeat.
Another bill moving through the legislature would require medical and abortion facilities to bury or cremate the remains of aborted and miscarried babies and provide mothers with options for their babies’ final disposition.