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Utah Abortion Refusal Clause

This law was last updated on Nov 28, 2016


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Utah

Number

Utah Code Ann. § 76-7-306

Status

Current

Topics

Conscience and Refusal Clauses, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

le.utah.gov

Utah Code section 76-7-306 allows health-care facilities and health-care providers to refuse to provide abortion services.

Health-care facility is defined to mean: “general acute hospitals, specialty hospitals, home health agencies, hospices, nursing care facilities, residential-assisted living facilities, birthing centers, ambulatory surgical facilities, small health care facilities, abortion clinics, facilities owned or operated by health maintenance organizations, end stage renal disease facilities, and any other health care facility which the committee designates by rule.”

Health-care provider is defined to mean: “an individual who is an employee of, has practice privileges at, or is otherwise associated with a health care facility.”

A health-care provider may, on religious or moral grounds, refuse to perform or participate in any way, in an abortion; or a procedure that is intended to, or likely to, result in the termination of a pregnancy.

A health-care facility may refuse, on religious or moral grounds, to admit a patient for an abortion procedure or another procedure that is intended to, or likely to, result in the termination of a pregnancy; or perform for a patient an abortion procedure or another procedure that is intended to, or likely to, result in the termination of a pregnancy.

A refusal to participate may not be a basis for damages, disciplinary action, or other recriminatory action. Moral or religious objections to abortion may not be a basis for discrimination or termination.

The law, originally enacted in 1973, does not require refusing entities and individuals to provide notification or referrals to patients seeking abortion services.