Governor Gary Herbert approved a bill Monday that makes Utah the first state to require doctors to give anesthesia to women having abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy or later. The proposal was based on the premise that a fetus can feel pain at that point.
Local legislator and physician, Dr. Ed Redd (R-District 4), worked on the bill and actually came up with several amendments before it was passed.
“There are a lot of people with very strong feelings on this issue,” Redd explains. “We tried to be considerate of other people’s positions on this and trying to make those as good as you can make it. That was my goal on what I did.”
The Republican lawmaker said the intent of the bill was to do what could be done to protect the fetus, or unborn child, from pain during the procedure. He said a major concern for him was to make sure the procedure did not pose a risk to women who had some kind of medical problems.