House bill increases abortion clinic inspections

Mar 8 2011 - 8:26am

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah House passed two abortion-related bills to allow insurers to not pay for abortions under federal health care and increase the number of abortion clinic inspections.

Both bills, sponsored by Republican Rep. Carl Wimmer of Herriman, passed the House after a heated debate on Monday.

House Bill 171 passed the House on a vote of 47-25 and now goes to the Senate. It would require abortion clinic inspections twice a year, instead of the current state policy that inspects them every two or three years or when they receive a complaint.

House Bill 354 also passed the House 57-13 and goes to the Senate. It would exempt the state from using federal funds for abortions.

Opponents say the bills unfairly target women and doctors who perform abortions.

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