A Utah judge has temporarily blocked a “trigger law” banning most abortions in the state. A Democrat judge in Louisiana also issued a temp…
A Democrat judge in Louisiana also issued a temporary halt on a trigger law in that state earlier in the day.
In 2020, Utah passed S. B. 174, which bans abortions except in cases of rape, incest or severe fetal “brain abnormality.” The bill specifically excludes the removal of miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies from the definition of abortion. The law would only trigger if the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which it now has.
Under the law, an abortionist could face up to 15 years in prison and heavy fines for performing the procedure, but the pregnant women would face no penalties.
On Saturday, Planned Parenthood of Utah and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a joint lawsuit to try and block the state law. They claim that the “catastrophic” law violates the state constitution.