A pro-life female lawmaker introduced a bill this week to protect unborn babies from abortion in Utah.
KUTV reports Utah state Rep. Cheryl Acton’s legislation would prohibit abortions after 15 weeks and create one of the earliest abortion bans in the country.
“It doesn’t prohibit abortion entirely,” the pro-life Republican told FOX 13 in Salt Lake City. “If someone does not have a moral objection to it, they have three months to decide.”
Her bill allows exceptions for rape, threats to the mother’s life and fatal fetal anomalies.
By 15 weeks, unborn babies are nearly fully formed; their major organs, fingers, toes, eyes, ears, taste buds and even their own unique fingerprints already have developed. By this point in the pregnancy, scientists say unborn babies can respond to touch. Babies at this stage also have been observed yawning, smiling and sucking their thumbs.
The United States is one of only seven countries in the world that allow elective abortions after 20 weeks, a fact confirmed by the Washington Post fact checker. Acton’s bill would put Utah laws in line with most other countries’ abortion laws.