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House Says Defending Abortion Ban Too Costly

House Says Defending Abortion Ban Too Costly

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Richard Piatt Reporting The majority of the Utah Legislature is against abortion. But the majority of the House is also against an expensive court fight over Roe Versus Wade. The result is a less expensive anti-abortion statement to the nation, which was passed today.

Like any abortion debate, this one had all the emotion---and politics you might expect. And actually, the bill that passed still makes a strong anti-abortion statement. It just won't cost the state 1-point-3 million dollars.

The bill that passed would ban abortions in Utah only if Roe Versus Wade is overturned. That's much different than the bill the full House was considering first: It would have banned abortion NOW.

But it would also face at least a 1-point-3 million dollar court challenge. A lot of people were wondering if that money was a wide use of taxpayer dollars. And according to a Dan Jones Poll of 418 people, 52 per cent also wondered. They say they oppose using the money to take on the Supreme Court on Roe versus Wade. But a lot of people, 41 per cent thought it would be worth it. The split reflected the feelings of many legislators today.

Rep. Steve Urquhart (R), St. George: "Other states are lining up to challenge roe v wade. It's their turn they can fund that. "

Rep. Mike Noel (R), Kanab: "There is a moral and compelling reason for the state of Utah and the members of this body to take up this fight."

Rep. David Litvack (D), Salt Lake City: "See the tears in the eyes of children with disabilities who can't get help because there isn't enough money there. My question is--what about investing the money there?"

Many Legislators wanted Utah to lead the anti-abortion fight in this nation. But when it comes down to a question of the money, a lot of lawmakers thought the 'trigger law' they passed was enough. That means an abortion ban would take effect only IF Roe Versus Wade is overturned.

That's the bill the Utah Senate will get. That's the bill we expect will head to the Governor.

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