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Utah ‘Dismemberment Abortion’ Ban (HB 442)

This law was last updated on Jun 29, 2016


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Utah

Number

HB 442

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Feb 25, 2016

Sponsors

Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 1

Topics

Dilation and Evacuation Bans

Full Bill Text

le.utah.gov

HB 442 would prohibit a physician from performing a “dismemberment abortion” unless it was performed in a medical emergency.

The bill defines “dismemberment abortion” as an abortion in which the physician deliberately and intentionally dismembers a “living unborn child” and extracts the “unborn child” one piece at a time from the uterus through the use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors, or similar instruments that, through the convergence of two rigid levers, slice, crush, or grab a portion of the “unborn child’s” body in order to cut or rip the portion off.

A procedure in which a physician uses suction to dismember the body of the “unborn child” by sucking fetal parts into a collection container would be included.

“Dismemberment abortion” would also include the following procedures:

  • dilation and evacuation;
  • suction and curettage; or
  • suction aspiration.

This bill prohibits “dismemberment abortion” whether the abortion is performed before or after the “unborn child” has attained viability.

A physician that violates this provision would be guilty of a felony of the third degree.

This law targets a procedure known as dilation and evacuation (D and E), which is frequently used during second-trimester abortions. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, an abortion using suction aspiration can be performed up to 14 weeks’ gestation, but after 14 weeks the D and E procedure must be used to perform an abortion. As such, dilation and evacuation bans, depending upon their language, may ban all surgical abortion past 14 weeks’ gestation. (Source.)


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