Utah women would have to wait three days before an abortion, the longest such waiting period in the country, under a proposal that won overwhelming approval from the House Monday with little debate.
“An abortion cannot be undone,” said Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy. “Why would we not want to afford a woman facing a life-changing decision 72 hours to consider ramifications that could last a lifetime?”
HB461 would require a woman to wait 72 hours after receiving information on the procedures being used, the gestational stages of the fetus and services available if she chooses not to seek an abortion. Current Utah law imposes a 24-hour waiting period.
An amendment to the bill sought to ease the burden on women in rural areas by allowing them to get the counseling to start the clock from other providers, rather than having to go to the clinic that would provide the procedure.
The bill passed the House 59-11 and moves to the Senate for consideration before the Legislature adjourns Thursday.
[NB: This will affect more people than just cis women. And, as always, it will hurt poor people disproportionately.]
Today seems even worse than usual, if that’s possible. What is this condescending, paternalistic horseshit cloaked in the language of concern and being informed? This is going to be such a burden on people in poverty.
“An abortion cannot be undone”—who would have thunk it?
“Why would we not want to afford a woman facing a life-changing decision 72 hours to consider ramifications that could last a lifetime?”—You’re not offering them 72 hours or giving them 72 hours, you’re mandating it. There’s a difference. Golly gee, some people know they’d want an abortion before they’re even pregnant. Hard to hear, isn’t it?
The whole “life changing decision” thing is starting to become really funny to me (you know, in a sad, laughing while gagging kind of way). Having a child is a life changing decision, having an abortion is continuing life as usual.
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