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Published: Monday, May 7 2012 6:00 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

this law is just insulting to women, suggesting that they hadn't spent any time thinking about the matter when this is probably at the forefront of their mind since they found out they were pregnant. There's no purpose to this other than to drag things out and make it more frustrating perhaps in the hope that women will just give up (as opposed to methods that want to guilt women like the forced ultrasound bills elsewhere).

"Mark my words, this law will lead to more abortions. This 72-hour law will just frustrate too many people that they will get one just to spite the law."

Speaking of things that are just plain insulting to women... there is no reasonable circumstance where a woman is going to decide "Well I'm pregnant and this legislature is annoying... I'll show them by gettin an abortion".

Somewhere in Time, UT

This law actually might help stop a few women for making a "choice" that will destroy their entire lives.

Salt Lake City, UT

It's my understanding that Republicans, e.g. Utah legislators, continually chant for less government, so why are they hell-bent on regulating very personal decisions with State laws?

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: mcbillay Salt Lake City, UT
"Why don't we have a mandatory 72-hour law for every important decision in our lives?"

I am in favor of giving innocent viable unborn infants the same waiting period that we give condemned killers on death row.

If you had ever bought a home you'd know that it takes a lot longer than 72-hours just to get the paperwork approved.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

killing a human being compared to closing on a house?
gret comparison

Farmington, UT

Planned Parenthood thinks the decision that a woman gets to employ is whether or not and when to kill the innocent, unborn fetus. Funny, if another decision had been made earlier by her, there wouldn't be the necessity of making the latter choice. But that would involve personal responsibility for certain behavior that planned Parenthood could care less about. Planned Un-Parenthood should be their real name!

Of course it takes two to get pregnant, doesn't it? So why not involve the other party in he decision to abort? The woman already decided to become pregnant. 72 hours is such a pitifully short time to decide to terminate a pregnancy that has permanent consequences. One can't just completely eliminate those consequences by spending a few hours at a doctor's office, either.

Farmington, UT

A mcbillay

Great idea. Let's wait 72 hours before having that casual sex and consider what would happen, say, were we to end up becoming pregnant. I like your idea.

South Jordan, UT

Why is abortion the only issue conservatives seem to care about? It's decided Constitutional law. You lost. Get over it.

Taylorsville, UT

Saving an embryo is not saving a life, it is saving the living and giving the living salvation from the economic distress that trouble society. Abortion is just as necessary as shots for a sick child but parents can't afford to pay the hundreds of dollars to buy. Abortions have their place and its the choice of individuals not society or those who think they know what is best for society, of unwanted clones entombed in a uterus.

We allow doctors to euthanize the elderly and sick so what is the difference? Does this law apply to stop medical euthanization of elderly and incurable living people because they can't pay the doctor or hospital? Life does have a price if you ask any doctor or hospital.

So humans and people do have the right to choose who lives and who dies that is inalienable and ones own choice. Any threat to life is a defensible right, whether its an embryo, doctor, police, foreign national, pro-lifer, or home invader.

This feel good law of the pro-lifers really think they have pulled something over on society with this ridiculous law. The clone they save is their destroyers.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Schwa South Jordan, UT
"Why is abortion the only issue conservatives seem to care about? It's decided Constitutional law. You lost. Get over it."

Please remind us of that again this November when the Democrats are asking us to vote for them.

Salt Lake City, UT

I like this law. As much as some want to hope it's all the womas choice whether she aborts or not, sadly, others, including the father, play a major factor. Sometimes a woman can feel the pressure to abort, when she doesn't want to or may chage her mind.
I'm all for womans freedom, and I think this gives women a little more freedom--some allowed thinking space, when she has pressure from others. Whenever we fight for one right to choose, we lose a litle for another. I know three frinds who had abortions and they were each pressured by tthe babies father to get the abortion. Two wished they never listened and had thebaby. If we are going to really be pro choice, we hve to be open to the possibility that some women need the waiting time and space to consider keeping the baby. We're not taking the choice of abortion away here. We're allowing/giving appropiate time for appropriate decison. Something I ,as a woman, appreciate.

Springville, UT

Want to lower the number of abortions? Sex education and contraception are the keys, yet conservatives don't seem to like preventative measures. History of humans shows abstinence is a fantasy, even in religious cultures.

Belching Cow
Sandy, UT

"History of humans shows abstinence is a fantasy, even in religious cultures."

Yes, humans have been pretty confused since the beginning. That still doesn't change the fact that abstinence until married is a good idea. Getting pregnant outside of marriage is the result of faulty decision making to begin with. The unborn child pays the price, pretty selfish.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

I like the 72 hour waiting period.
Now if they just showed an ultrasound (video) in high school health classes so people would understand that it really is a baby it could do far more good.

Such a law might already be on the books in Utah but if it is I don't know about it.

Bountiful, Utah

Sounds like private funding needs to be raised to drive women to an adjoining state if they don't want to wait the 72 hour wait period.


Really? People are kicking and crying and whining because... they have to think about a decision about something so morally sensitive.

The law isn't pathetic, the fact that people would complain about it is.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Note that the mothers of all those arguing in favor of abortion on demand were not in favor of it.

Lane Myer
Salt Lake City, UT


Do you not think that a woman has thought about whether or not to have an abortion before going to the doctor? Do you think she is just driving by the doc office and suddenly says to herself - "its time to go have an abortion!"?

During those 72 hours that she must wait, do you think that the father of the fetus is not going to be talking to her even more than he did before if he wants her to get an abortion? There is nothing about those 72 hours that says that she will be left alone to think about this. It has to already be a heartrending decision. Then she must wait 72 hours to mill this about in her mind and listen to everyone again say their thoughts and desires - including the father! Just 72 hours of torture for the unfortunate woman.

Why don't we close down all the abortion clinics? The best way to do it is to make sure that every person (man or woman) is educated so that there are no unintention pregnancies. That should be our goal.

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

I wonder what political stance aborted babies would have had if they weren't aborted.

spring street

@freedom in danger

do you see the sad irony in your sign in name? You claim to be worried about freedom being in danger and at every turn you advocate for the restriction of others rights.

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