Gary Herbert on Abortion


Don't criminalize woman seeking illegal forms of abortion

Last May, a 17-year-old girl, seven months pregnant, paid a man $150 to beat her up in hopes of inducing a miscarriage. The fetus survived the assault and was born in August. The attacker went to jail. And the girl became the center of a bill that would formally criminalize what she did, that is, to seek an illegal abortion.

Gov. Herbert has said he agrees generally with the bills goals but is still studying the particulars: Utah would still allow legal abortions performed by a doctor. But it would go further than any other state in mapping out when a woman is criminally liable for trying to end a pregnancy through other means or self-infliction.

Critics say legislation inspired by an unusual, perhaps even freakish criminal case, could open up a vast frontier around the question of intent and responsibility and give local prosecutors huge new powers to inquire about a woman's intentions toward her unborn child. [Gov. Herbert vetoed the bill on March 8, 2010].

Source: Kirk Johnson in New York Times, "Criminalize Abortion" , Feb 28, 2010

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