Utah governor signed bill criminalizing attempted illegal abortions

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On March 8, 2010, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill into law that would allow a woman to be charged with criminal homicide if she arranges for an illegal abortion. HB 462 defined abortion and states that "[t]he killing or attempted killing of a live unborn child in a manner that is not an abortion shall be punished as provided in Title 76, Chapter 5, Part 2, Criminal Homicide." The governor vetoed the original version of the bill, HB 12, which allowed for charges when the behavior was "reckless."

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