“Trigger” bill on way to Utah governor

Once Roe is overturned, it would ban virtually all abortions

By Dave Andrusko

On March 9, the Utah House voted in favor of a bill that would prohibit almost all elective abortions, when Roe v. Wade is finally overturned.

The House joined the Utah Senate which had voted its support for SB174 a week prior, 22-6.

Utah joins eight other states with so-called “trigger laws,” meaning it does not take effect until Roe v. Wade is overturned.

The vote was along party lines in both houses.

Salt Lake Tribune reporter Lee Davidson wrote that Senate sponsor, Sen. Dan McCay,

said passing the bill now — instead of waiting for the Supreme Court to act first — helps send a message to the court about what Utah and other states are thinking.

“It is important for the Supreme Court, it is important for the rest of the country to see that there are divided opinions about the way this ought to be dealt with,” McCay told reporters after the vote. “I really am hopeful that in the next few years that they [Supreme Court justices] strike it down.”

The bill  includes exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother.

“Under the measure, criminal punishment would be a felony and apply to the person performing the abortion, not the woman,” Davidson wrote. “Doctors could have their licenses suspended or revoked.”

McCay also said, “I would encourage any young person who is trying to make that decision to step back … to ask themselves, are there other options?“ He added, “There are always other options. I would ask that until this bill takes effect that they exercise that choice to benefit life,” Davidson reported.