Utah Legislature Continues to Fight to Protect Life

November 15, 2022

Today, during the Legislative Management Committee meeting, lawmakers approved an amicus brief to be filed by the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel on behalf of the Legislature for the lawsuit against S.B. 174 Abortion Prohibition Amendments.

“Human life should be recognized and valued at all ages and stages,” said President J. Stuart Adams. “Children deserve protection and the opportunity to live. My commitment to life does not end at birth. We are working to make adoption easier in Utah. By enhancing resources, we can eliminate barriers to adoption and provide financial support to expecting mothers. Together, we must work to protect and defend every life – mothers, children and families.”

In 2020, the Utah Legislature proactively passed S.B. 174, which would prohibit all elective abortions in Utah, except in rare circumstances involving rape, incest or medical emergency. S.B. 174 was contingent on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that would permit states the option to ban abortion from conception to birth.

“Utah has been at the forefront of fighting for life,” said Sen. Dan McCay, sponsor of S.B. 174. “Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and rightfully gave states back the decision to choose their abortion regulations. This was a monumental victory for human life. We will continue to vigorously defend the unborn and prohibit elective abortion, standing up for those who cannot defend themselves.”

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