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This November 8th, we’re voting for reproductive freedom.

Welcome! Thanks for taking a look at our postcard, hand-written to you from a neighbor and volunteer here on the Wasatch front. We’re a collective of volunteers for Planned Parenthood Action Council of Utah, who are standing together to shout to women across our community: This November 8th, we’re voting for reproductive freedom.

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Local and federal lawmakers in our state need to hear from us:

Utahns do not need more restrictions on abortion, but more pro-family policies that empower women, men, and families: like childcare, paid family leave, pay equity, and access to health care.

That’s why we’re showing up to vote this November 8th in force. From County Council candidates to the state house, we’re casting our ballot for candidates who support our freedom to make important decisions about our health and family — whatever party they may represent. 

Check your voter registration for party affiliation information and to learn more about how to cast your ballot by mail, or in person on Election Day. We can turn out to the polls in force and remind lawmakers that when and how to grow a family is a deeply personal decision, and no one can make that decision for us. 

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What’s going on with abortion access in Utah?
 

On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade — the case that had recognized the federal constitutional right to abortion in 1973. The Supreme Court’s new ruling means that we have lost federal constitutional protection for abortion. 

Utah has two laws that were impacted by the Supreme Court ruling: a trigger ban and an 18-week ban. 

The 18-week ban, passed in 2019, bans most abortions after 18 weeks gestation (measured from the date of the pregnant person’s last period). It includes some exceptions for obtaining an abortion after 18 weeks, including rape or incest reported to police, lethal fetal anomaly, severe brain abnormality, or risk of death or serious harm to the pregnant person. 

The trigger ban, passed in 2020, bans abortions at any stage of pregnancy, except in cases when the life or health of the mother is at risk, rape or incest reported to police, and some fetal abnormalities. The law included a “trigger” which means it only went into effect if the constitutional protections under Roe v. Wade were dismantled.  

In Utah, a state court judge granted a preliminary injunction against the trigger ban. This means abortion services will remain available while the litigation over the ban in Utah state court proceeds. Read more about the case here.

 

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Getting Abortion Care in Utah

Abortion and other sexual and reproductive health care services are available at Utah Planned Parenthood health centers. Patients can call 1-800-230-PLAN to make an appointment or visit ppau.org for more information. 

PPAU provides abortion care at 3 Utah health centers: 

  • Metro Health Center: Medication abortion (abortion pills) up to 11 weeks; Surgical abortion up to 18 weeks. 
  • Salt Lake Health Center: Medication abortion up to 11 weeks 
  • Logan Health Center: Medication abortion up to 11 weeks 

(Abortion care is also available at Wasatch Women’s Center, an independent provider in Salt Lake, up to 13 weeks.)  

Remember that Utah already has many other restrictive abortion laws on the books designed to make getting an abortion harder. These include:  

  • Required state-directed counseling including information meant to discourage the abortion 
  • Required online information module designed to stigmatize abortion and encourage pregnancy 
  • Required 72 hour waiting period after counseling 
  • Private, Affordable Care Act (ACA) federal marketplace insurance, and employer health insurance only covers abortion in cases of life endangerment, rape, incest, fetal impairment, or health compromise 
  • Public money only used for abortions in cases of life endangerment, rape, incest, fetal impairment, or health compromise 
  • Required parental consent in the case of a minor 
  • Required admitting privileges at a local hospital for abortion providers 

Everyone’s body is their own, and theirs alone. You must have the freedom and power to control your body and life. That means no judge, no politician, no ban should ever block your personal medical decisions or set the course for your life. Abortion access should not be based on your ZIP code, income level, or immigration status.

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