A ban on all elective abortions — with exceptions for rape, incest and the health of a mother — earned the approval of a Senate committee on Thursday in a party-line vote.
The bill, SB174, would take effect only if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its established precedent guaranteeing a constitutional right to abortion. And Riverton Republican Sen. Dan McCay, the bill’s sponsor, said that Utah women who still desire an abortion once the law kicks in could access the procedure by traveling to neighboring states.
“That baby deserves a choice for life, as we all do,” McCay said. “And I think that choice is important enough to protect from a state’s interest.”
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The Salt Lake Tribune's Benjamin Woodcontributed to this article.