Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law on Friday, 50 bills passed during the recent legislative session, including a bill requiring a report on why Utah women get abortions and others aimed at increasing access to public records.
SB60, sponsored by Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, requires the Utah Department of Health to prepare an annual report on the number of abortions in the state, why the patient receives an abortion and the race of the woman who receives the procedure.
The information is already gathered for the federal government but not at the state level. Dayton, an abortion opponent, said the data could be used to inform debate on future abortion bills.