Utah Legislation On Abortion Could Go In To Effect Today
A Utah law passed in 2020 could go in to effect as soon as today now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe vs. Wade. Under the so called trigger law, abortions in Utah are largely prohibited. Abortions would still be permitted in cases where the life of the mother is at risk from the pregnancy, a pregnancy as the result of rape or incest if the incident has been reported to law enforcement or if the fetus has a defect that would pose a significant health risk if the child was born.State leaders weighed in on the Supreme Court opinion. Governor Spencer Cox and Lieutenant Governor Diedre Henderson released a joint statement where they declared that they are pro-lfe advocates committed to support women and families in Utah. The mayors of Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County warned about issues ahead now that states will be making decisions about abortion. The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints updated their topic page on abortion by stating the Church’s position on this matter remains unchanged. As states work to enact laws related to abortion, Church members may appropriately choose to participate in efforts to protect life and to preserve religious liberty.