House OKs Bill to Change Details of Abortion Law

Published on March 13, 2014 at 10:59AM

The House has approved a tweak to Utah’s abortion laws so that women whose lives are at risk can undergo the procedure without first having to watch a state-mandated video on alternatives and read information about adoption. The House voted 63-8 Wednesday night to approve the measure. It advances to Gov. Gary Herbert for consideration.

Taylorsville Republican Sen. Wayne Harper brought the measure forward, saying it’s a narrow exception that affects 60 to 100 women annually. The bill waives the video requirement when abortion is needed to avert the woman’s death or serious risk of major injury, or if two doctors agree the fetus has a fetal defect.