Approved Abortion Bill Could Land State in Court Battle

Approved Abortion Bill Could Land State in Court Battle

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Two abortion bills were approved in a Utah House committee today. One of them could land the state in a costly court battle.

Representative Mike Thompson, of Orem, sponsored a bill that would ban late-term abortions, already a third-degree felony, except in cases where the mother would die otherwise.

Karrie Galloway, CEO of Utah's Planned Parenthood says existing laws are working and the procedure described by Thompson is not being done in the state.

But she says this new legislation would guarantee a court challenge because it does not address the mother's health, which was an element in a 2000 U-S Supreme Court ruling.

Thompson said the procedure is more detrimental to a woman's health than birth.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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