Yesterday Utah’s Governor Gary Herbert signed into law the state’s proposed 72-hour mandatory waiting period for getting abortion. This makes Utah the second state to attempt to force a woman to wait three days from her first visit to an abortion clinic before terminating a pregnancy.
In addition to forcing women to spend additional dollars by mandating multiple visits to the doctors, the bill does not provide for any sort of exception to the waiting period in the case of fetal abnormality. The American Civil Liberties Union called the lack of such an exception “nothing short of cruel” and something that would “not survive constitutional scrutiny”
But the governor insists this is all for the benefit of Utah women who clearly need the extraordinary attention of the state in making medical decisions. “The governor is an adamant supporter of rights for the unborn and felt the bill appropriately allows a woman facing such a decision time to fully weigh her options, as well as the implications of the decision,” Herbert’s spokesperson said.
This bill is a guarantee legal challenge, and a likely win in court for health advocates. But in the meantime thousands of dollars will be wasted in the legal challenge that could have gone to actually helping women who may need to terminate a pregnancy. Multiply those costs times about 50 and we can start to get a clearer picture of the actual waste of capita these bills are.
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