On Friday, June 24, 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. This decision is an unprecedented attack on reproductive freedom. It will allow states, including Utah, to ban abortion and force countless people to carry their pregnancy to term against their will.
In 2020, the Utah legislature passed a trigger ban law, SB 174, that criminalizes abortion, with only three narrow exceptions. This law went into effect on June 24, 2022, following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. On June 25, 2022, the ACLU of Utah, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Zimmerman Booher filed a lawsuit in state court challenging this law.
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A Utah state court on Monday, July 11, 2022, granted our request for a preliminary injunction (PI) blocking an abortion ban that, if permitted to take effect, would bar nearly all abortions in the state. The court first blocked the law through a temporary restraining order (TRO) on June 27, after the ban temporarily took effect following the U.S. Supreme Court's June 24 decision overruling Roe v. Wade. The PI will allow abortion services to remain available while the litigation over the ban in Utah state court proceeds.
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This moment is a hideous one. But please know that we aren't slowing down. We have a long battle ahead, but the ACLU of Utah believes that a few voices become a movement; when we band together to push back with all we have, we will slowly steer this country toward true reproductive freedom.
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