Abortion number, abortion rate drop to historic lows in Utah

By Dave Andrusko Not only has the number of abortions in Kansas dropped to the lowest number in three decades, Utah Department of Health reported yesterday the great news that the number of abortions as well as the state’s abortion rate fell to an historic low in 2016. An examination of the report shows there …

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Utah House passes bill criminalizing assisted suicide

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Utah is one of several states that does not have an assisted suicide law. States, such as Utah, prosecute assisted suicide under common law. On Wednesday the Utah house overwhelmingly passed HB 86, a bill that criminalizes assisted suicide by placing it within the Utah manslaughter …

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Utah becomes third state to enact law requiring abortionists to inform women that chemical abortions can be halted

By Dave Andrusko Over the weekend Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill that requires abortionists to inform women who are undergoing a chemical abortion that their abortion may be halted if they do not take the second of the two-drug RU486 abortion technique. The law, HB141, is scheduled to take effect in May. In …

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Utah House passes measure requiring abortionists to be present when prescribing abortifacients

By Dave Andrusko On Tuesday the Utah House of Representatives voted to approve HB 154, a bill which (as the Associated Press explained) “mainly promotes the use of telemedicine, a growing practice in which doctors use images and webcams to consult with patients, typically far away or in rural areas, and treat them.” So why …

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Abortions in Utah remain near historic lows

By Dave Andrusko The Utah Department of Health is reporting that for 2015 the state’s already very low abortion rate continues to be just over a third of the national average, more evidence the state is strongly pro-life. The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women of child-bearing ages defined as 15-44. …

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Utah’s Planned Parenthood wants appeals court to extend temporary ruling that kept federal funding coming in

By Dave Andrusko When last NRL News Today reported on the issue in December , the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals had placed an emergency stop on Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s decision to withhold about $275,000 in federal money from The Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, a decision which had been upheld less than a …

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Appeals court ruling allows Utah’s Planned Parenthood to temporarily keep funding

By Dave Andrusko Late last night the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals put an emergency stop on Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s decision to withhold about $275,000 in federal money from The Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, a decision which had been upheld less than a week ago by U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups. Planned Parenthood …

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Judge backs Utah’s decision to cut off $275,000 to Planned Parenthood

By Dave Andrusko U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups has reversed an earlier decision that had temporarily kept money flowing to the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah. This means the state of Utah can cut off the funds to PPFA of Utah even as the organization is continuing its legal challenge to the decision to cut …

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Record low number of abortions in Utah illustrates impact of pro-life legislation

  By Dave Andrusko The best news is the straightforward fact that in 2013 the fewest number of women in Utah had abortions than at any time since 1977. These encouraging results came about even though the number of women in their childbearing years has doubled in the intervening 36 years. Utah Department of Health’s …

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Huntsman confesses to murder of six newborn babies, bail set at $6 million

  By Dave Andrusko More details are coming in following the horrific discovery of the bodies of seven babies in a garage in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Megan Huntsman told police that “she either strangled or suffocated them immediately after they were born,” the Associated Press reported. “She wrapped their bodies in a towel or a …

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Utah police charge woman with six counts of murder in deaths of babies she gave birth to over 10 years

  By Dave Andrusko Megan Huntsman, 39, has been charged with six counts of murder after police discovered the bodies of seven dead babies in cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home. Her ex-husband, who had recently gotten out of prison, found the body of one baby while cleaning out the garage, the …

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Abortions in Utah Drop to Lowest Number Since 1999

By Dave Andrusko Encouraging news out of Utah. A report from the state Department of Health reveals that there were 3,270 abortions performed on residents in 2009, the lowest figure since 1999. Among women of child-bearing age (defined as 15-44), Utah’s 5.3/1,000 is the lowest since 1980. More encouraging yet is that Utah’s abortion rate …

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