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Other Anti-Choice Law

Utah has created additional threats to privacy and choice by adding anti-choice language to its state code to express its opposition to abortion and its intent to restrict the right to choose to the greatest extent possible.

"It is the finding and policy of the Legislature, . . . that unborn children have inherent and inalienable rights that are entitled to protection by the state of Utah pursuant to the provisions of the Utah Constitution. . . The state of Utah has a compelling interest in the protection of the lives of unborn children. . . It is the intent of the Legislature to protect and guarantee to unborn children their inherent and inalienable right to life. . . " Utah Code Ann. § 76-7-301.1 (Enacted 1991).

"The Legislature finds and declares that it is the public policy of this state to encourage all persons to respect the right to life of all other persons, regardless of age, development, condition or dependency, including all . . . unborn persons." Utah Code Ann. § 78-11-23 (Enacted 1983; Last Amended 2001).


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