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Bill Would Provide Doctors More Flexibility In Prescribing Contraception To Minors

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A Utah republican lawmaker is urging his colleagues to support legislation that would allow low-income female minors to get a contraception prescription without parental consent.

Rep. Ray Ward is a family practice physician in Bountiful.  He said if one or both of a young girls parents are delinquent, and not willing to come with her to a doctor’s appointment or clinic, the doctor could decide if not getting the contraception is detrimental to the low-income girl’s health.

It would be up to the doctor to decide if she could get the prescription.

HB254would make several changes in Utah law to allow a low-income female minor to get a contraception prescription, paid for by a federal grant.

Ward said if Utah law is changed under his bill, clinics which do not refer patients to abortion providers could use $2.5 million to provide birth control drugs to young women.

At 14-years-old, Kerry began working as a reporter for KVEL “The Hot One” in Vernal, Utah. Her radio news interests led her to Logan where she became news director for KBLQ while attending Utah State University. She graduated USU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and spent the next few years working for Utah Public Radio. Leaving UPR in 1993 she spent the next 14 years as the full time mother of four boys before returning in 2007. Kerry and her husband Boyd reside in Nibley.