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Anti-Choice Bills Move in Utah House

Two anti-choice bills were passed by the House Health and Human Services Committee in the Utah state House last week.

According to the Associated Press, the first bill would restrict abortions after 20 weeks only to cases where the life or health of the mother would be compromised or in cases where there is a fetal defect. Two physicians would have to approve the procedure and doctors who violate the law could be charged with second-degree felony criminal homicide, according to the Standard Examiner. The second bill would require doctors to offer women the option of anesthetizing the fetus prior to an abortion.

Earlier this year, conservative Utah state legislators announced that they would wait to propose legislation that would ban abortion in the state because of the anticipated cost involved in legally defending an abortion ban.

Sources:

Feminist Daily Newswire 1/7/09; Standard Examiner 1/31/09; Associated Press 1/31/09

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