Utah legislators have introduced a bill that would make abortion legal in all but six of the state’s 27 counties.
The bill, introduced by state Rep. Jimmie Anderson, R-Kearney, would change a longstanding state law that requires clinics to have a doctor’s office.
The clinic must provide the patient with a list of doctors that will perform the procedure.
If approved, the bill would change the state law to make it a felony to perform an abortion after the woman has a viable pregnancy, including a fetus with severe abnormalities.
The new law would make it possible to perform abortions at any hospital, including one operated by a private health care provider.
The Utah Legislature has already passed similar legislation.
The bill has been referred to the Utah House Judiciary Committee.
Under the proposal, clinics would have to obtain a special waiver from the state.
They would have six months to complete their waiver application and comply with the requirements.
The waiver would be valid for only one year.
Under current law, abortions in Utah are illegal except in cases of rape or incest.
A person seeking an abortion must first be granted permission by a physician to perform the abortion.