Abortions statistics reporting bill passes Senate

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 20 2013 11:45 a.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill calling for the state health department to report annual abortion statistics to the Utah Legislature, including a woman's race or ethnicity, passed the Senate on Wednesday.

"This is only about statistics and information gathering dealing with the number of abortions that are done in our state," said Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, sponsor of SB60.

Along with the number of abortions performed each year, the Utah Department of Health would have to report the stage of pregnancy for each abortion, the race of the woman and the reason for the procedure.

The vote passed along party lines, 23-5. Democrats questioned the need for collecting information about race or ethnicity and the reason a woman obtains an abortion.

The bill now moves to the House for consideration.

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