SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The Utah Senate has passed a bill that would require the state to collect more information about abortions that take place in the state.
The Senate voted 23-5 in favor of the proposal Wednesday. The five Democrats opposed it.
The bill from Rep. Sen. Margaret Dayton of Orem would require the state Department of Health to produce an annual report to lawmakers.
The report would include the number of abortions performed, how far along the pregnancy was when the abortion was performed, and the race and ethnicity of women who undergo the procedure.
Dayton says the state already collects some data from physicians as part of a federal requirement. She says this would provide lawmakers more information when considering any future abortion laws.
The bill now goes to the House.