‘Not now, not ever’: Planned Parenthood files lawsuit against Utah after abortion ban

After a Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah filed a lawsuit in Utah state court on Saturday, and will “soon request a temporary restraining order against the state’s ban on abortion at any point in pregnancy,” according to a statement released by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The lawsuit is a response to the state’s trigger ban, which outlaws abortion at any point in pregnancy in Utah and criminalizes providers. The trigger ban law was passed as Senate Bill 174 by the Utah state legislature in 2020, and went into effect Friday.

The lawsuit reportedly asserts that the Utah Constitution protects the rights of pregnant women to make decisions regarding abortion, and to determine what happens with their own bodies.

The ACLU states that the lawsuit “makes clear that the rights promised under the Utah Constitution are more expansive than those under federal law,” and “remain unaffected” by the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision.


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