Gayle Ruzicka, president of the Utah Eagle Forum, agreed, saying the legislation is essential to ensure a crucial procedure is fully understood.
“Anybody should always be able to say that they had all the information before they make such a critical decision,” she said, according to the
Tribune. “We want to make sure that they have the opportunity to know all there is to know and that there was nothing that they felt was later withheld from them.”
HB 231, proposed by Utah Rep. Cheryl Acton (R), would also criminalize out-of-state transport of fetal remains, aborted or miscarried, unless they are to be buried.
Acton told the
Tribune the legislation seeks to ensure fetal remains are “handled with dignity and not treated as medical waste.”
In 2020, the state legislature approved a requirement that health care facilities dispose of fetal remains by either burial or cremation. The criminalization of out-of-state transfers is a follow-up to that measure.
These measures are being introduced in Utah as the Biden-Harris administration is intent upon
unraveling the pro-life policies of the Trump administration. Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life organization, told Breitbart News on Friday during the annual march the Biden administration is already making “extreme” and “out of touch” decisions:
In March 2020, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) signed a bill into law that would ban most elective abortions in the state, except for those in cases of rape, incest, or serious risk to bodily function or death of the woman, should the Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 ruling in
Roe v. Wade be overturned.
As Fox13 News reported at the time, Utah Sen. Dan McCay (R), the sponsor of the bill,
said he is “grateful to live in a pro-life state where we seek to protect the unborn.”
“I’m hopeful that the U.S. Supreme Court will take the opportunity to overturn the barbaric practice of abortion,” he added.
A report by the pro-abortion rights League of Women Voters of Utah, noted that, within the last five years, the Utah legislature has
passed more than a dozen new abortion restrictions.
“In the 2020 legislative session alone, Utah lawmakers considered 11 bills to add restrictions to or prohibit abortion with certain exceptions,” the report noted.