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Utah Gov. Herbert requests altered abortion bill

Utah Gov. Herbert requests altered abortion bill

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert wants a new version of a bill passed by lawmakers that some fear could result in criminal homicide investigations of women who have miscarriages.

Herbert spokeswoman Angie Welling said Thursday Herbert wants to ensure there are no unintended consequences from the bill that would make abortions not performed by a doctor through a medical procedure illegal.

For example, Welling says the governor is worried a pregnant woman who has an accident while skiing could be charged with a crime.

She says Herbert has asked Rep. Carl Wimmer, the bill's sponsor, to pass a new version of the bill that excludes reckless behavior.

Wimmer opened a bill file Thursday that he says will address misperceptions about the bill and supplant one lawmakers have already passed.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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