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Utah Lawmakers Propose Anti-Abortion Bills Ahead Of This Weekend’s March For Life

An image of pro-life protestors.
Judy Fahys
The annual March for Life is planned for Saturday. This event marks the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973.

Pro-Life Utah is holding car rallies from the Utah State Capitol to St. George Saturday as part of the annual March for Life.

This event comes as Utah Republican lawmakers have proposed legislation targeting abortion. Bills that deal with consent laws and restricting fetal transports have been introduced in the state.

Katherine Larsen is helping organize the pro-life rally in St. George and she said she hopes politicians see the support Utahns have for the movement.

I hope that people will really look at the bills on a state level and look at the bills for what they are and not just think of them as pro-abortion or anti-abortion,” Larsen said. “[I hope] they'll actually, see what they're going to actually do.”

Karrie Galloway is the CEO of the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah. She said her group doesn’t have any counter protests planned in relation to the March for Life.

Galloway said the Utah law, which passed last year, that bans elective abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned, has already made it clear where the state stands on the issue. She said subsequent bills — including those proposed this year — are divisive.

“[Legislators] have done everything they can in making it perfectly clear that they believe women should not be allowed to control their own fertility,” Galloway said. “So all of these other pieces of legislation are purely harassment.”

Also this week, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-UT, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-UT, signed onto anti-abortion bills in Congress.

Lexi is KUER's Southwest Bureau reporter
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