Utah Legislature: Abortion bill draws criticism

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  • PAC in Yonkers
    March 21, 2010 12:07 p.m.

    Maybe if the state of Utah had sex education classes that focused not only on abstainence but on prevention, this sad story may have never occured. On another note if this is there law why isn't the boyfriend held accountable since he is the one who encouraged her to seek an abortion in the first place?
    Men have no business creating laws that affect women's health issues.

  • Unborn Baby
    March 14, 2010 1:03 a.m.

    Congratulations Utah! It is very nice to see that the Pro-Life movement is making progress and that people are starting to see how evil abortion is...

  • Anonymous
    March 12, 2010 1:22 p.m.

    Has anyone taken the time to discover why this woman felt she needed to do this?

  • VOR
    March 12, 2010 12:58 p.m.

    the comments by Wimmer show a complete disregard for sensitivity to the larger issue. Wimmer is not a Woman, and this just goes to prove that MEN should not be making laws regarding a WOMAN'S health. More patriarchal hypocrisy under the guise of a "moral issue." And I'm a male.

  • Sad State
    March 12, 2010 12:50 p.m.

    No one likes the idea of abortion! But to now make it a crime! It is a womans choice, not the governments. Not yours or mine! This is America people! This will be ruled unconstitional soon enough. Move forward Utah.... your going the wrong way.

  • Anonymous
    March 12, 2010 12:06 p.m.

    The rest of the county followed Utah's example eighty years ago. Everywhere else has advanced while Utah lagged behind the rest of America.

    And a fetus isn't a baby anyone than a zygote is a baby. Take a biology class so you can understand human reproduction. Even if you object to abortion you would better articulate your opposition to abortion my enhancing your vocabulary and being concise.

  • Scary
    March 12, 2010 11:32 a.m.

    I'm pro-life however, this bill is WAY TOO BROAD. Under this bill a woman who walks on an slippery street (risk: knowing you could fall), drives while pregnant (risk: knowing you could have an accident), forgets to take her folic acid, walks down a steep set of stairs (risk: you can easily fall), works on a farm (risk: you can fall from a hayloft--my pregnant cousin actually DIED that way), etc. etc. could all face MURDER charges if something occurred and the baby miscarried.

    I strongly encourage other pro-life advocates to rethink this.

  • @ lost in DC
    March 12, 2010 11:28 a.m.

    I don't know about the entire country but Planned Parenthood in Utah does not provide abortion procedures. In fact, the mission of Planned Parenthood is about responsible family planning, which includes actually having babies - not always aborting them.

    Personally, I don't agree with abortion but that doesn't justify me in telling other women when, how, or where they should or should not have children. The decision to have an abortion must be a very difficult and haunting choice to be faced with and should be left for that person to be accountable for to whatever higher being they subscribe to.

    Even the LDS faith allows women who have had abortions not considered in line with church guidelines (rape, incest, life of mother) are allowed to receive forgiveness from their faith through the church's repentence process.

    Just because you are against abortion doesn't mean these agencies are vigilanties out for everyone's fetuses. Without places like Planned Parenthood many women would never have the ability to receive regular women's health services (pap smears, breast exams, etc.) Quit being a fear mongerer. Your comment provides no educational commentary or platform for adult discussion to occur.

  • a mother
    March 12, 2010 8:49 a.m.

    What is the difference between intentionally killing a baby before he leaves his mother's body versus after he leaves his mother's body? With regard to elective abortions, we have to make an unselfish decision and care about someone who cannot stand up for himself yet.

  • Jeff
    March 12, 2010 8:38 a.m.

    Yeah UTAH...It is refreshing to hear a state standing when all have sit down on abortion.

  • Anonymous
    March 12, 2010 8:33 a.m.

    This is the kind of garbage you get, when you let religious extremists run your government. Let's all go to Utah, where individual rights and civil liberties matter less than other people's rights to push their values and misguided morals on others! Ironic that these are the same people that also don't want to give young people, the ones who are most at risk of unprotected sexual experimentation, access to birth control materials or education. So much for the 'Land of the Free'. remember, 'Big Brother' is watching you'. Can the Thought Police be far behind?

  • lost in DC
    March 12, 2010 8:09 a.m.

    NARAL, planned parenthood, and NOW won't be happy until they have aborted every fetus in the country. Abortion is, after all, the most lucrative procedure planned parenthood offers.

  • Anonymous
    March 12, 2010 7:42 a.m.

    leave it to the back woods people in Utah to stick their heads deeper in the ground.

  • Anonymous
    March 12, 2010 5:24 a.m.

    considering the source of the criticism - it must be a good law

  • Yes -- finally!
    March 12, 2010 4:31 a.m.

    I can only hope that the rest of the country starts to follow this example...