Bill to ban abortions after 18 weeks heads to the Senate floor

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A controversial bill to limit abortion rights takes another step forward on Utah’s Capitol Hill.

A substitution version of House Bill 136, Abortion Amendments, passed out of Senate committee on a 5-2 vote Thursday night.

If the bill is signed into law, abortions past 18 weeks would only be allowed if the mother’s life is in danger and if the unborn child is diagnosed with a severe brain abnormality. 

Current Utah law restricts abortions after 22 weeks.

Representative Cheryl Acton, (R-West Jordan), is sponsoring the bill.

Acton’s original bill would have made abortions illegal after 15 weeks.

ABC4’s Brittany Johnson asked Acton why she decided on the 18-week rule in her substitution bill.

“Eighteen weeks is where most experts can agree on the pain perception, so I went with 18 weeks,” Acton explained.

Several pro-life advocates and people against the bill gave emotional testimony in front of the committee.

The bill now goes to the Senate floor for consideration.

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