Utah Down Syndrome Nondiscrimination Abortion Act (HB 205)
This law was last updated on Mar 9, 2018
HB 205 would prohibit the performance of an abortion if the pregnant person’s sole reason for seeking the abortion is because the fetus has or may have Down syndrome.
The bill would require the result of any prenatal screening or diagnostic test that indicates that a fetus has or may have Down syndrome to be delivered to the pregnant person:
- by a physician at an in-person consultation or a scheduled telephone conference;
- with contact information for state or national Down syndrome parents’ groups; and
- with a referral to a physician or other specialist who is knowledgeable about providing medical care to a child with Down syndrome
The bill would prohibit a person from intentionally performing or attempting to perform an abortion if that person has knowledge that the pregnant person is seeking the abortion because the fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome, or the pregnant person believes that the fetus may have Down syndrome.
A person who violates this provision would be guilty of a class A misdemeanor. A pregnant person who receives an abortion in violation of this provision would not be held liable.
The bill would require a physician who performs an abortion to include in their reports whether they had any knowledge that the pregnant person sought the abortion because the fetus had or may have had Down syndrome.
Passed the house on February 5, 2018, by a 54-17 vote.
Failed to pass.