Utah House Democrat Speaks Against Proposed Abortion Bill

Media Statement

For Immediate Release:
January 16, 2019 

Ross Chambless, Communications Specialist
Utah House Democratic Caucus
(385) 228-5483 | rosschambless@le.utah.gov

Utah House Democrat Speaks Against Proposed Abortion Bill

SALT LAKE CITY – Today Rep. Angela Romero (D-District 26) spoke out against a proposed bill by Rep. Cheryl Acton (R-District 43) that would restrict a woman’s right to have an abortion in Utah from 20 weeks of pregnancy down to 15 weeks.

“This is a Federal issue, and the state should leave it alone,” said Rep. Romero.  “Bills like this that have been tried by other states are always struck down.  It’s a waste of time. It’ll never stand up in court.”

Last year a judge struck down a similar 15-week abortion bill passed by Mississippi, which also negated a similar law passed by Louisiana.  In 2014 federal judges struck down attempts for six- and 12-week bans in North Dakota and Arkansas and ruled them unconstitutional.

“This shouldn’t happen.  This is part of a nationwide, calculated effort to impede women from having a choice for an abortion,” Romero added. “Utah has already done enough to hinder women who seek their constitutionally-protected right to govern their body.  We shouldn’t be pushing women further into the shadows. A much better issue for the legislature to focus on should be comprehensive sex education and improving access to healthcare programs.”   

Nationally, abortions have dropped to their lowest rate in a decade, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  In 2015, the most recent year that data is available, the rate was about 11.8 abortions per 1,000 women aged 14 to 44. The number of women in Utah who seek an abortion each year is well below the national average, at 4.6 abortions per 1,000 women in 2014, according to Guttmacher Institute.  

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