S.B. 174 Abortion Prohibition Amendments Now in Effect

June 24, 2022

In accordance with state statute, the Legislative Branch’s general counsel determined S.B. 174 Abortion Prohibition Amendments meets the legal requirements to take effect, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling regarding abortion. 

In 2020, the Utah Legislature passed S.B. 174, prohibiting all elective abortions in Utah, except in rare circumstances involving rape, incest or medical emergency, contingent on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. 

On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, giving states the right to choose their abortion regulations. The U.S. Supreme Court’s official opinion was sent to the Legislature’s general counsel to determine if Utah’s statute may take effect. 

Members of the Legislative Management Committee (LMC) have been notified and the bill is now in effect. Utah code is updated to reflect the changes. 

Attached is the official communication from the legislative general counsel informing LMC that the bill is in effect. The letter also addresses H.B. 166 (2019) Down Syndrome Nondiscrimination Abortion Act


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