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Utah Abortion Ban Bill Could Mean Felony Charges For Women

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A near-total abortion ban proposed in Utah could mean criminal charges for women who end their own pregnancies if it goes into effect. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the lawmaker sponsoring the bill said Monday he understands concerns about unwanted pregnancies, but also believes abortion ends a life. The plan would only go into effect if the legal landscape changes. It one of two abortion proposals advancing at the Utah Legislature. A requirement that a provider show a woman an ultrasound before the procedure or face fines starting at up to $100,000 also passed committee.