Utah Triples Waiting Period For Abortion

It didn’t take the Utah Senate long–only 53 seconds of debate according to the Salt Lake Tribune--before becoming the second state in the country to make access to abortion procedures so restrictive they are practically unavailable.

The bill, already passed in the House, requires women seeking an abortion to wait 72-hours between the first appointment for an abortion and the actual procedure. The bill now goes to Gov. Gary Herbert (R) for his signature. South Dakota also has a 72 hour waiting period but that bill has been enjoined by a federal judge who determined that the waiting period and other restrictions in the law were unconstitutional.

Waiting-hour restrictions do nothing but construct hurdles for women to jump before accessing a legal medical procedure. They are grounded in punishment and shame and are designed to thwart the exercise of autonomy. They always impact poor women the hardest and increase the overall cost of the procedure and women must now negotiate extended child care costs, time off of work and transportation.

Only Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Holiday, spoke out against the bill when it was in the House reports the Tribune and she took the time to let her colleagues know their legislating away women’s rights in the name of valuing women rang hollow. “The best way to reduce abortions, she said, is to offer comprehensive sex education, or to help single mothers with services for their children, both of which have been rejected by the Legislature” said Moss.

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201 comments

Lucy H.
Lucy H5 years ago

My religion teaches that the decision whether or not to carry a fetus to term is a decision that should be made between a woman and God. We believe that life begins at birth, when the child first breathes on its own and soul enters the body.

My religion also teaches that anyone who interferes in that decision now has a karmic bond and debt to the child that they required be born. Too many pro-lifers abandon the children once they exit the uterus. That doesn't mean their karma has ended.

If you think you should not have an abortion, do not have one.

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Justyna D.
Justyna Z5 years ago

Abortion shouldn't be legal as it is. But since, it happens to be, I think that the courts are right in ruling for a 72-hour waiting period. It prevents women, who are upset because of an unplanned pregnancy, from making rash decisions. When anyone is in a state of shock, they don't think clearly. Aborting your child is a big decision, and quite a lot women regret this decision a few years down the line. Perhaps if these women had 3 days to dwell on what they are really doing, then they may reconsider. And seriously, what's an extra 3 days of waiting. It's not like having a baby in your uterus is an emergency that has to be "taken care of" immediately (well, in some cases, I understand there may be dire circumstances...but that is rare nowadays...I'm talking about in general).

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Lindsey DTSW
.5 years ago

Actually, Pamela - however much I dislike the Mormon Church (and I most sincerely dislike that particular denomination), it (and its members) does indeed do quite a lot to help the poor, children, etc., both through LDS charities and through donations to non-LDS charities. Many churches do (most notably, in my mind, the Salvation Army and the Catholic Church.) That doesn't, to my mind, make their theology any more palatable; however they do actually do quite a bit of good in this world.

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Pamela H.
Pamela H5 years ago

True Lindsey but Amber was going on about 'children's rights' and the 'life of the child' etc. The problem is that if that 'child' is born into poverty or with a disability the church no longer cares about them. They don't help the mother house and raise that child because they only care about the unborn.

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Lindsey DTSW
.5 years ago

Pamela, even most pro-choice women who miscarry say, "I lost the baby" rather than "I lost the fetus." Most tend to use the word "baby" when it's a wanted pregnancy - and "fetus" when it isn't. Human nature and perspective, I suppose.

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Pamela H.
Pamela H5 years ago

Amber L; a blastocyst is not a child, nor is an embryo or a fetus. Lean some real science instead of religious superstition.

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Pamela H.
Pamela H5 years ago

Amber L, no one wants to hear your judgemental tirade from the pulpit. If you really care about the 'voiceless' then stop eating dead animals.

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Amber Lilyfield
Amber Lilyfield5 years ago

There's so many excuses -- especially dumb excuses for abortion that it's not even funny. Simply disgusting. The question here is not about women's rights, but whether or not an unborn child should have the first amendment right to life. This has nothing to do with religion, but about preserving the right to life for all

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Amber Lilyfield
Amber Lilyfield5 years ago

I forgot to add that whether or not you believe in the death penalty is your own philosophy, I was simply making clear the difference between death penalty and abortion.
I believe in women's rights, but I also believe in children's rights as well. Since Roe vs. Wade, unborn children have basically been legally deemed as 'property', for women to destroy whenever they wish--much like the Dred Scott case of the 19th century, one major difference here being that slaves were already born and grown enough to defend themselves, whereas unborn children cannot, they are at the mercy of a selfish world that has reduced them to nothing.

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Amber Lilyfield
Amber Lilyfield5 years ago

And whoever told me to shut up, that is very rude and adds nothing to your argument except make you look bad. Who are you to tell me to 'shut up'? Especially in a place where I'm allowed to share my opinion? I have a voice, and I will use it to defend the voiceless if I must! You may be able to silence unborn children, but you will not silence me. I can't wait until abortion is abolish just like slavery was abolished.

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