Abortion

Salt Lake Tribune

A Utah senator says he's preparing legislation to ban elective abortions in Utah.

Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Sen. Elizabeth Warren makes a campaign stop in Utah and says she would restore protections for Utah national monuments. Neighbors of the planned Inland Port say they fear the end of their rural way of life. And the state of Utah won't enforce its 18-week abortion ban, for now. 

Salt Lake Tribune

A Utah lawmaker introduces a bill to ban abortions after 15 weeks, despite a federal judge striking down a similar measure in Mississippi. The closure of the Salt Lake City homeless shelter gets delayed while construction kinks are worked out for one of three new, smaller, shelters. And celebrities and filmmakers descend on Utah as the 2019 Sundance Film Festival gets underway.    At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Bethany Rodgers, Taylor Stevens and Sean P. Means, and editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce join KCPW's Roger McDonough to talk about the week's top stories.

inricristo.org

New state data shows Utah's abortion rate fell to a historic low in 2016, continuing a downward trend that comes amid a national decline.

The new report from the Utah Department of Health shows there were 4.2 abortions performed for every 1,000 women ages 15 to 44. That's the lowest figure since 1975, the first full year Utah tracked abortions.

A Utah Senate committee has approved legislation barring abortions sought because a fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome.

The Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee voted 3-2 in favor of the bill Monday.

Katherine Taylor

A bill introduced in the House Judiciary Committee Thursday seeks to prohibit abortions, if the reason for the procedure is a positive diagnosis of Down syndrome.

prolifeacrossamerica.org

The Planned Parenthood Association of Utah says a Utah lawmaker's bill to bar doctors from performing abortions sought because of a diagnosis of Down syndrome is about restricting access to abortion, not protecting those with Down syndrome.

The association's President and CEO Karrie Galloway said in a statement Monday that the decision to terminate a pregnancy is "a deeply personal and sometimes complex decision" that should be left to women, their families, their doctors and their faiths."