State of Utah Archives: on Abortion


Kamala Harris: A woman has the right to choose

HARRIS: There's the issue of choice and I will always fight for a woman's right to make a decision about her own body. It should be her decision and not Donald Trump's. Let's look at what else is before the court. It's the Affordable Care Act literally in the midst of a public health pandemic when 7 million people probably have what will be in the future considered a preexisting condition because you contracted the virus. Donald Trump is in court right now trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.

PENCE: I couldn't be more proud to serve as vice president to a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life. I'm pro-life. I don't apologize for it, & this is another one of those cases where there's such a dramatic contrast. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris support taxpayer funding of abortion all the way up to the moment of birth. Late term abortion. They want to increase funding to Planned Parenthood of America.

Source: 2020 Vice-Presidential Debate in Utah Oct 7, 2020

Mike Pence: I am proud to serve a pro-life president

PENCE: I couldn't be more proud to serve as vice president to a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life. I'm pro-life. I don't apologize for it, and this is another one of those cases where there's such a dramatic contrast. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris support taxpayer funding of abortion all the way up to the moment of birth. Late term abortion. They want to increase funding to Planned Parenthood of America.

HARRIS: There's the issue of choice and I will always fight for a woman's right to make a decision about her own body. It should be her decision and not Donald Trump's. Let's look at what else is before the court. It's the Affordable Care Act literally in the midst of a public health pandemic when 7 million people probably have what will be in the future considered a preexisting condition because you contracted the virus. Donald Trump is in court right now trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.

Source: 2020 Vice-Presidential Debate in Utah Oct 7, 2020

Aimee Winder Newton: Abortion only permitted in extreme circumstances

I am pro-life and believe we should do all we can to reduce abortions. I believe we should protect the life of the unborn, and that abortions should be considered only in extreme circumstances such as when the life of the mother is in danger, or when there is rape or incest.
Source: 2020 Utah governor campaign website AimeeForGovernor.com May 2, 2020

Jeff Burningham: Strongly believe in protecting rights of unborn

Source: 2020 Utah gubernatorial campaign website JeffBurningham.com Jan 6, 2020

Spencer Cox: Supports law banning most abortions after 18 weeks

Cox said he supports a law Herbert signed banning most abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy. "I am unabashedly pro-life," he said.
Source: Associated Press coverage of 2020 Utah gubernatorial race May 14, 2019

Craig Bowden: No late-term abortion except for maternal life

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right"?

A: I do not agree with late term, except as it pertains to life saving measures of the mother.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Utah Senate candidate Feb 28, 2018

Danny Drew: Common ground on reducing the number of abortions

I think the rational thing is that everybody wants to lower abortions. Both pro-life and pro-choice. I think the difference is asking, "What are you gonna do about it?" Pro-life is like "I don't believe in contraceptives; I don't believe in making sure we have to stop it or increase adoptions." I think there's common ground.
Source: Blacksite Media on 2018 Utah Senatorial race Jun 19, 2017

Misty Snow: Don't interfere with private medical decisions of women

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Snow: I don't think politicians should be passing laws that interfere with the private medical decisions of women. Only a woman and her doctor can properly determine if and when an abortion is appropriate.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on 2016 Utah Senate race Nov 8, 2016

Misty Snow: Only a woman and her doctors have a say on pregnancy

There are over 40 years of legal precedent affirming that a woman's right to abortion is protected by the constitution. Despite this, conservatives have been working to defund Planned Parenthood by using false evidence and highly-edited videos to generate support for their cause; this is very troubling as Planned Parenthood provides many important health services to women, teens, and LGBT people.

Only a woman and her doctors should have a say on issues related to the woman's health, and her choices regarding contraception and pregnancy. No one should force a woman to carry a baby to term that she doesn't want, no one should get between a woman and her doctor, and no one should undermine the health of women by cutting funding to an organization that provides medical care that many women wouldn't be able to otherwise access.

Let's be clear: the consequences of banning abortions would be as disastrous for our country as they have been in the countries that currently ban abortions.

Source: 2016 Utah Senate campaign website MistyKSnow.com Aug 8, 2016

Mike Weinholtz: I fully support a woman's constitutional right to choose

Women's health issues have been attacked more aggressively in recent years. I fully support a woman's constitutional right to choose because health care decisions are best left to a woman and her doctor, not the government. I would also never cut funding to Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides many Utahns with affordable access to vital health care services and decreases the number of unintended pregnancies. I will make sure that programs are in place to make abortions safe, legal, and rare.
Source: 2016 Utah gubernatorial campaign website MikeForUtah.com Jun 17, 2016

Jonathan Swinton: I don't want federal funds to pay for abortions

This is the common sense approach I will take as Utah's U.S. senator:Because many in the country are uncomfortable with Planned Parenthood being supported at all, another option could be to find alternative service providers.
Source: Salt Lake Tribune on 2016 Utah Senate race Sep 26, 2015

Mike Rounds: OpEd: Rounds insufficiently zealous against abortion

Mike Rounds supposedly supports religious freedom for Christian-owned businesses.when he clearly lacks the will to fight ObamaCare, which seeks to force Christian businesses to provide contraceptives and abortifacients against their will.
Source: The Right Side news blog on 2020 Soutah Dakota Senate race Nov 12, 2014

Mia Love: Oppose taxpayer-funded abortions

Source: 2014 Utah House campaign website, Love4Utah.com Aug 8, 2014

Gary Herbert: Collect information on reason for abortion, race, ethnicity

Legislative Summary: SB60: This bill requires the Department of Health to prepare an annual report for the Health and Human Services Interim Committee, including information on: the number of abortions performed in the state; the reported reason, if any, why the patient sought the abortion; and at what stage of pregnancy the abortions took place; the race and ethnicity of the women on whom the abortions were performed.

Analysis by ACLU-Utah: Some of the information in question includes the reason for seeking an abortion, stage of pregnancy, and the race of the woman seeking an abortion. It seems clear that this bill is a thinly veiled effort to restrict women's reproductive choices down the road.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 56-17-2 on Mar/12/13; Passed Senate 23-4-2 on Mar/12/13; Signed by Governor Gary Herbert on Mar/22/13

Source: ACLU-UT on Utah voting record SB60 Mar 22, 2013

Spencer Cox: Collect information on reason for abortion, race, ethnicity

Legislative Summary: SB60: This bill requires the Department of Health to prepare an annual report for the Health and Human Services Interim Committee, including information on: the number of abortions performed in the state; the reported reason, if any, why the patient sought the abortion; and at what stage of pregnancy the abortions took place; the race and ethnicity of the women on whom the abortions were performed.

Analysis by ACLU-Utah: Some of the information in question includes the reason for seeking an abortion, stage of pregnancy, and the race of the woman seeking an abortion. It seems clear that this bill is a thinly veiled effort to restrict women's reproductive choices down the road.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 56-17-2 on Mar/12/13; State Rep. Spencer Cox voted YES; Passed Senate 23-4-2 on Mar/12/13; Signed by Governor Gary Herbert on Mar/22/13

Source: ACLU-UT on Utah voting record SB60 Mar 12, 2013

Jenny Wilson: Opposes requiring a 72-hour waiting period for abortions

Jenny Wilson said she had worked in a bipartisan way to get things accomplished--but it was on the issue of abortion that she grew emotional, her voice hitching as she talked of knowing people facing that issue as the Utah Legislature passed a law earlier this year requiring a 72-hour waiting period for abortions. She also said she was "horrified" by Mitt Romney's stance on the issue [Romney is pro-life].

"I will always fight on this issue," she said. "It is a difficult issue and while these men are enlightened--and I appreciate that--but that's not always the case. But this is an issue I will never compromise on."

Source: David Montero in Salt Lake Tribune on 2018 Utah Senate race Nov 28, 2012

Dan Liljenquist: Protect unborn children

Dan believes in protecting unborn children and opposes all federal funding of abortions or organizations that perform abortions. Dan's dedication to defending life extends not only to the abortion issue, but such related issues as embryonic stem cell research.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, danforutah.com May 24, 2012

Chuck Baldwin: Overturn Roe v. Wade

Baldwin favors overturning Roe v. Wade, noting the Republican Party is “phony” on the issue. “They have done nothing to stop abortion on demand, even though they had the entire federal government for six years,” he said. “We feel that now the Republican Party is probably on the last legs of its existence.”
Source: Charles Geraci in The Herald Journal, Cache Valley, Utah Jul 5, 2008

Vaughn Cook: Limit abortions to rape, incest, and health

The Utah County Democrats' new platform follows The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' position on abortion. The new platform says "every abortion is a tragedy" and opposes "elective abortion for personal or social convenience." Abortion should be limited to instances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, cases of fetal deformities or when there is a serious threat to the life or health of the mother, the platform states.

Vaughn Cook, chairman of the Utah County Democratic Party, says, "The things that the Republicans would like to use to identify Democrats aren't really the things that identify Democrats." Issues such as gay marriage and abortion attract most of the headlines, he said, but public education and transportation are examples of the important issues confronting government on a day-to-day basis. "It was time to define ourselves again," Cook said.

Source: Deseret News on 2016 Utah Gubernatorial race Jun 14, 2006

Jenny Wilson: Abortion rights are best left in the hands of the courts

The Utah Democratic Party platform doesn't address abortion at all--local party leaders learning several years ago that it's just best to let that controversial issue slide.

And some of the Democratic delegates didn't even like being asked about it. Pro-choice and pro-life terms "are divisive," said delegate Jenny Wilson, who also serves as chief of staff for Rep. Bill Orton, D-Utah. "We need to focus on education and prevention. Abortion rights are best left in the hands of the courts."

Source: Deseret News on 2018 Utah Senate race Aug 20, 1996

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Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
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Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
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Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
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Howard Schultz(I-WA)
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V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
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Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

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