About Our Update on Roe v. Wade Overturned and Utah Trigger Law Video:
Today, Friday, June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a shameful ruling overturning Roe v. Wade — the landmark decision recognizing the constitutional right to abortion nearly 50 years ago. Watch this video for updated information on the decision and Utah's Trigger Law.
In the video you will learn about how:
Banning abortion will have an immediate and devastating impact on women and all people who can become pregnant, taking from them a right that has been central to their ability to plan their lives, families, and careers. Because of the decision today, the burdens will continue to disproportionately fall on BIPOC individuals, those struggling to make ends meet, young people, rural residents, immigrants, and LGBTQ+ communities.
What does the Trigger Law mean for Utah?
We can expect that Utah will move quickly to out right ban access to abortions due to the trigger law that was passed in 2020. The law must be certified by the state’s office of legislative research and general counsel. The bill once triggered criminalizes abortion, with only three very narrow exceptions. The three exceptions in this law are:
- If it “is necessary to avert the death” or if there is “a serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function” of the pregnant woman.
- Two maternal medicine physicians agree ... that the fetus has a defect that is uniformly diagnosable and uniformly lethal,” or “has a severe brain abnormality that is uniformly diagnosable.
- The pregnancy was caused by rape or incest, but the incident must be reported to law enforcement for this to apply
Again, for this trigger law to fully go into effect, it must be certified by the Office of Legislative Research and general counsel.
What do we do from here?
Anti-abortion policies have for too long put Utah on the wrong side of history. The ACLU of Utah and our partners are determined to mobilize our supporters to ensure our voices are heard as we fight back against current and future anti-abortion policies.