Utah Governor Signs Legislation Closing Abortion Clinics

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: Anti-abortion activists hold a moment of prayer during a protest outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic on January 20, 2022 in Washington, DC. The protest was organized by the Purple Sash Revolution and Priests for Life, calling for defunding and replacing of Planned Parenthood. On Friday, thousands of anti-abortion activists are expected in Washington, DC for the annual March For Life. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
  • Utah is one of the latest states to enact anti-abortion legislation as Gov. Spencer Cox (R) signed a bill that will close abortion clinics next year.
  • H.B. 467 Abortion Changes, sponsored by Rep. Karianne Lisonbee (R-Clearfield), will prohibit the licensing of abortions after May 2, 2023 and will only allow hospitals to perform them. No abortion clinic will be able operate in Utah after January 1, 2024.
  • The legislation also prohibits abortions for victims of sexual assault and incest after 18 weeks. Utah passed a law in 2019 that prohibits abortions after 18 weeks. It went into effect after Roe v. Wade was overturned last year, according to a local NBC affiliate.