"It is important for us not only to choose the fight but to choose the timing," said Rep. Kay McIff, R-Richfield.
Rep. Steve Urquhart, R-St. George, sponsored the measure that restored the "trigger" originally contained in Rep. Paul Ray's bill to outlaw abortion. In a House committee, members had taken out the trigger portion in order to spark a U.S. Supreme Court case they hoped would overturn Roe v. Wade, the 34-year-old decision that gives women a constitutional right to choose abortion.
Ray, a Clearfield Republican, noted that 11 states are considering abortion law changes this year. Three besides Utah - Virginia, West Virginia and Mississippi - are considering a full ban. And three others are considering bans with triggers, including North Dakota, Colorado and Texas.
Some estimates were that the cost of mounting a Supreme Court challenge might reach $8 million.
What's next: Senate consideration.