Utah law requires that women receive comprehensive information about abortion and its alternatives at least 24 hours before the procedure. A bill now before the Legislature would extend that waiting period to 72 hours. The sponsor portrays his bill as consumer protection, but it's really about disapproval. And it may be unconstitutional.
Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, says that he knows a woman who deeply regrets that she had an abortion. He believes that women should have more time to consider the decision in light of the comprehensive information that the state requires patients receive.
He is correct that there is much to weigh, including medical facts and information about health care available to assist a woman in pregnancy, childbirth and while a child is dependent, and about adoption and the financial responsibilities of the father.