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Senate approves bill that would change details of abortion law

Senate approves bill that would change details of abortion law

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Senate has approved a change in the state's abortion laws so that in cases where the woman's life is at risk she could undergo the procedure without first having to watch a state-mandated video on alternatives and read information about adoption.

Taylorsville Republican Wayne Harper says it is a narrow exception that may affect 60 to 100 women a year. He says it's the compassionate thing to do.

The bill would waive the video requirement when an "abortion is necessary to avert the woman's death or a serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function," or when two doctors agree that a fetus has a fatal defect.

It passed the Senate Friday on a vote of 25-0 and now awaits consideration in the House.

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