Planned Parenthood of Utah sues to block abortion ban after Supreme Court ruling

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LOS ANGELES, June 25 (Reuters) – The Utah branch of Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit on Saturday seeking to block the state’s abortion ban, which went into effect on Friday after the court ruling Supreme Court of the United States to overturn the precedent Roe v. Wade which recognized women’s constitutional right to abortion.

Utah was one of eight states that imposed an immediate ban on abortions under a so-called ‘trigger law’ as soon as the Supreme Court ruled on Friday to end a nearly long-standing constitutional right. 50 years old. Up to 25 Republican-controlled states are expected to follow suit by banning abortions or limiting access to abortions in the coming months. Read more

Utah had banned abortion except for rape, incest and to save the life of the mother through a law passed in 2020.

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The Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, part of a national abortion rights organization, argues in the lawsuit that provisions of the Utah state constitution protect the right to abortion.

The Utah branch is also seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent the ban from taking effect. Without emergency legal aid, at least 55 Utahns will not be able to get the abortion care they need this week, according to the lawsuit.

The Utah lawsuit marks the start of potentially widespread litigation in states seeking to stop or at least slow impositions of abortion limits and bans in about half the country. The chances of success are likely slim, as the Supreme Court is America’s highest judicial forum and has the final say on issues such as gun rights and abortion.

Under Utah law, health care providers risk arrest and criminal fines for providing abortion care. Victims of sexual assault can obtain an abortion, but only if they have filed a police report, which excludes most victims.

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Reporting by Tim Reid; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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