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Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

                  Gregory S. Bell
                  Leonard M. Blackham
                  D. Chris Buttars
                  Dan R. Eastman
                  Beverly Ann Evans
                  James M. Evans
                  David L. GladwellThomas V. Hatch
Parley G. Hellewell
John W. Hickman
Lyle W. Hillyard
Scott K. Jenkins
Sheldon L. Killpack
Peter C. KnudsonL. Alma Mansell
Howard A. Stephenson
David L. Thomas
John L. Valentine
Michael G. Waddoups
Carlene M. Walker
Bill Wright                  
                  LONG TITLE
                  General Description:
                      This bill modifies the offenses against the family section of the Utah Criminal Code.
                  Highlighted Provisions:
                      This bill:
                      .    prohibits the state and political subdivisions from using public funds for the
                  performance of an abortion; and
                      .    provides a penalty for anyone who knowingly authorizes the use of public funds for
                  an abortion.
                  Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
                  Other Special Clauses:
                  Utah Code Sections Affected:
                      76-7-324, as last amended by Chapter 50, Laws of Utah 1988
                      76-7-326, Utah Code Annotated 1953

                  Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
                      Section 1. Section 76-7-324 is amended to read:
                       76-7-324. Violation of restrictions on public funds for contraceptive or abortion
                  services as misdemeanor.
                      Any agent of a state agency or political subdivision, acting alone or in concert with others,
                  who violates Section 76-7-322 [or], 76-7-323 , or 76-7-326 is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
                      Section 2. Section 76-7-326 is enacted to read:
                      76-7-326. Public funding of abortion forbidden.
                      (1) As used in this section, "damage to a major bodily function" refers only to injury or
                  impairment of a physical nature and may not be interpreted to mean mental, psychological, or
                  emotional harm, illness, or distress.
                      (2) Public funds of the state, its institutions, or its political subdivisions may not be used
                  to pay or otherwise reimburse, either directly or indirectly, any person, agency, or facility for the
                  performance of any induced abortion services unless:
                      (a) in the professional judgment of the pregnant woman's attending physician, the
                  abortion is necessary to save the pregnant woman's life;
                      (b) the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest reported to law enforcement agencies,
                  unless the woman was unable to report the crime for physical reasons or fear of retaliation; or
                      (c) in the professional judgment of the pregnant woman's attending physician, the
                  abortion is necessary to prevent permanent, irreparable, and grave damage to a major bodily
                  function of the pregnant woman provided that a caesarian procedure or other medical procedure
                  that could also save the life of the child is not a viable option.
                      (3) Any officer or employee of the state who knowingly authorizes the use of funds
                  prohibited by this section shall be dismissed from that person's office or position and the person's
                  employment shall be immediately terminated.

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