Abortion Bills Abound

female-symbol1There are two bills now up at the legislature with the goal of chipping away at Roe v. Wade: H.B. 90 which attempts to criminalize doctors who perform abortions, and H.B. 222 which will require doctors to tell them that the fetus may experience pain.  A third, H.B. 114, allows the state to legally defend anti-abortion bills with a fund created in 1991.

H.B. 90 was heard in committee yesterday. The substitute bill is very similar, but removed the term “Criminalization” from the title. The new bill will be heard in committee on Friday at the Health and Human Services committee meeting which is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. in room 25 in the  House building (always be sure to check committee meeting schedules at the Capitol – room changes or changes of time or agenda can happen).

It’s always powerful to attend these meetings to express reasons why the bill is a bad one. If you feel so inclined, you can also “testify” to the committee as a concerned citizen. If you have a work schedule that would permit you to spend time at the capitol for these meetings, you’ll find a good first step in becoming involved as a citizen lobbyist. There is a Capitol Bus (route 500) that makes a circuit on State Street several times per day and is always free.

H.B. 90

H.B.  90 substitute

H.B. 222

H.B. 114

Edited: to remove loaded language (see comments – JKK)

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5 Responses

  1. I was interested in HB 222, so I read the text –

    I don’t believe your explanation is accurate; the measure does say that a doctor should let a woman know, if the fetus is over 20 weeks (well into the 5th month?) that the fetus can experience pain – and then to recommend anesthetic procedures for the fetus.

    And also lists reasons why a doctor is safe NOT to give this information and still be within the law.

    The doctors are certainly not giving out misleading information – and considering the lateness of the term – I don’t find this entirely out of line.

  2. Yes, the description is much shorted as I was trying to keep it to one sentence.

    A quote from Rep. Wimmer , who is the sponsor of this bill (from earlier this month): “We are looking at wanting to ban abortion in Utah, period, end of story. However, we want to do it correctly.” This is also the guy that wants to make it illegal for teachers to give accurate information about sex to teens, even when the teens ask.

    While I agree with you that it does not seem unreasonable on the surface, knowing the background and goals of the bill’s sponsor, and also being aware of never-ceasing conservative efforts to erode Roe v. Wade gives me cause for concern on this bill.

    While thinking about this issue, I found some interesting facts – not arguing the point, but interesting in light of the discussion.

    Approx. 3.5% of abortions are done in the 16-20 week period, and 1.1% are done 21 weeks or later.

    “Fifty-eight percent of abortion patients say they would have liked to have had their abortion earlier. Nearly 60% of women who experienced a delay in obtaining an abortion cite the time it took to make arrangements and raise money.” (http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html)

  3. I’m with you – the guy is a pill and obviously has a motive. However, it was your abbreviation of the intent, using the emotional coloring “to guilt” that gave a slightly one-sided view of the actual text.

    Clearly this bill won’t change things much – if only 1.1% of abortions are made during this term; so he’s just adding text to an already thick Utah code.

    I doubt any women carelessly book an abortion like a pedicure (as we might imagine he thinks) – and the ones who do won’t care if his bill goes into law.

    On the other hand, I have known women who have had multiple abortions due to mere thoughtlessness on their part – and that’s ridiculous in this day and age.

  4. I agree, you make a good point.

    I have edited the sentence in the post to better reflect the bill and take out my projection of the bill.

  5. […] can read more at Utah Legisture Watch which I give props to for having links to the bills I’ve […]

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