House OKs bill extending abortion waiting period

Mar 5 2012 - 10:55pm

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A bill changing the state waiting period for a woman to get an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours passed the House late Monday afternoon by a 59-11 vote.

HB 461, sponsored by Rep. Steven Eliason, R-Sandy, now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Eliason said the bill is not pro-choice or pro-life, but rather pro-consumer. He said longer waiting periods for important decisions are not uncommon.

"Seventy-two hours is not too much time to consider for a life-altering decision," Eliason said.

There are some allowances made in the bill for residents of rural areas.

Rep. Carol Moss, D-Holladay, voted against the measure, saying the reduction in the number of abortions in the state is due to more than a waiting period.

She said the thing that would make the most difference is a comprehensive sex education program, which was voted down earlier in the session.

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