House Speaker Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, presides over the House during the 2022 session of the Utah Legislature at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY – State lawmakers signaled their willingness to fight a legal challenge to ban abortion in Utah on Tuesday.
Lawmakers on Tuesday approved the Utah Attorney General’s office to sign off on an amicus brief for the county. The brief will help lawmakers fight the current legal challenge to SB 174, Utah’s effective abortion ban.
SB 174 became law in 2020. It would take effect if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, and presents the option to determine the extent of abortion legal or illegal in each state.
SB 174 bans all abortions in Utah and provides only in cases involving miscarriage, stillbirth or sudden death.
In his decision in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the court will overturn Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022, returning the decision on abortion to the states. That action led to SB 174, which became law.
The next day, on June 25, 2022, the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah filed a lawsuit and requested a temporary restraining order for SB 174.
In July 2022, a judge issued an injunction against SB 174, putting the law on hold until the lawsuit between Planned Parenthood and the state of Utah is over.
“Human life should be recognized and valued at all ages and places,” President J. Stuart Adams said in a statement Tuesday. “Children deserve to be protected and given a chance to live. My commitment to life ends at birth. We are working to make adoption in Utah easier. By increasing resources, we can remove barriers to adoption and provide financial support to expectant mothers. We must work together to protect and protect all lives – mothers, children and families.