(KCPW News) A bill aimed at giving women who seek an abortion the choice to see an ultrasound of their unborn child first cleared the House Health and Human Services Committee on Friday. Dalane England, Vice President of the Utah Eagle Forum, testified in favor of the bill on behalf of a woman who had an abortion, then later regretted it.
“A couple of years later, she was looking through a magazine and saw the different stages of development of an unborn child,” she said. “She was horrified that not only that she had an abortion, but that she was not given the proper information.”
Republican Representative Carl Wimmer’s bill requires abortion providers that perform ultrasounds to allow a woman to see it and have it described to her, if she desires.
Wimmer says he’s firmly anti-abortion, but not anti-choice.
“I find myself in the interesting situation, where people who are traditionally pro-abortion are accusing me of having a bad bill, when in actuality this is actually a choice bill,” said Wimmer.
Another anti-abortion proposal sponsored by Wimmer passed on the floor of the Utah House of Representatives Friday by a 59-to-12 vote. It makes it a criminal homicide for a woman to have an illegal abortion. That bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.