Capital demonstrators demand Legislature repeal Utah law aimed at ending elective abortions

The demonstrators, from the Celebration for Socialism and Liberation, additionally decried laws that may place restrictions on transgender folks.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Utah Capitol at nightfall on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in the course of the legislative session.

A contingent from the Salt Lake Metropolis department of the Celebration for Socialism and Liberation delivered an inventory of calls for to state lawmakers on Friday — that’s, after a short setback when Utah Freeway Patrol troopers pressured them to show off their public-address system.

Solely a handful of individuals have been current to take heed to the deal with exterior the Utah Home chamber, which, the group stated, was by design because the speeches have been being live-streamed.

Their calls for encompassed points equivalent to the correct to have an abortion, vital race principle, honest pay and entry to healthcare and reasonably priced housing.

4 audio system enumerated the group’s calls for and addressed a number of particular payments which can be shifting via the Legislature in the course of the common session. They decried laws that may place restrictions on transgender folks — HB11 and HB127 — and ones that may restrict the correct to have an abortion.

One measure into account this 12 months would require ladies searching for an abortion to look at a web-based course displaying “medically-accurate” pictures of the process after which attest underneath penalty of perjury that they’ve considered the presentation from begin to end.

The laws, sponsored by Rep. Kera Birkeland, R-Morgan, would additionally require the state well being division to assemble annual information about what number of ladies skilled problems from an abortion and details about the process utilized in every case.

The invoice, HB382, has not made any progress via the Legislature to this point.

However the major cause for Friday’s gathering was HB174, a set off legislation from 2020 that may come into impact if the Supreme Court docket choice in Roe v. Wade was overturned.

“Utah’s abortion set off legislation, which the folks in these chambers handed and signed into legislation two years in the past, is a direct assault on the standard of lifetime of Utah ladies, genderqueer folks and Utah households as a complete,” speaker Dodge Hovermale stated.

They continued by demanding that the legislation be overturned and that, no matter what occurs to Roe v. Wade, Utahns be given easy accessibility to abortions.

One other speaker, Sam Loveland, instructed The Salt Lake Tribune that he questions individuals who advocate in opposition to abortions and seek advice from themselves as “pro-life” whereas doing nothing to assist working class Individuals.

“You possibly can’t be pro-life after which even have housing be so costly and have folks not with the ability to entry healthcare,” he stated. He steered that the assault on the choice of Roe v. Wade is a part of a broader systemic problem that disadvantages the working class.

The group additionally charged the state Legislature with failing to step up throughout a well being and reasonably priced housing disaster.

“Our authorities meets each single 12 months to debate — and it votes on — invoice after invoice, and but has nonetheless failed to supply us something within the midst of a pandemic, within the midst of violence, within the midst of poverty, within the midst of lack of housing and within the midst of different folks’s struggling … Abortion and all healthcare are human rights that ought to not, and won’t, be denied to the folks,” speaker Ermiya Fanaeian stated.

Employees author Bethany Rodgers contributed to this report.

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