Spencer Cox on Abortion



Require abortions performed only in hospitals not at clinics

Opinion by Planned Parenthood in opposition:Planned Parenthood Association of Utah filed a new complaint, challenging HB 467, a newly-enacted law that will functionally eliminate access to abortion in the state if allowed to take effect on May 3, 2023--even though abortion is currently legal in Utah up until 18 weeks of pregnancy. Because over 95% of abortions in Utah are provided at licensed clinics rather than at hospitals, this law will ban the vast majority of abortions in the state.

Legislative Outcome:Passed Senate 22-6-1 on Mar/2/23; passed House 56-15-5 on Mar/3/23; signed by Governor Spencer Cox on Mar/15/23.

Source: Planned Parenthood on Utah State voting records HB467 , Mar 15, 2023

New tax credit for all children--the born and the unborn

And if Utah truly believes in supporting life, we must always show our commitment with more than words. That's why I am also proposing this session a first-of-its-kind tax credit for all children--the born and the unborn. We must also expand postpartum Medicaid coverage to 12 months.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Utah legislature , Jan 19, 2023

Supports law banning most abortions after 18 weeks

Cox said he supports a law Herbert signed banning most abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy. "I am unabashedly pro-life," he said.
Source: Associated Press coverage of 2020 Utah gubernatorial race , May 14, 2019

Collect information on reason for abortion, race, ethnicity

Legislative Summary: SB60: This bill requires the Department of Health to prepare an annual report for the Health and Human Services Interim Committee, including information on: the number of abortions performed in the state; the reported reason, if any, why the patient sought the abortion; and at what stage of pregnancy the abortions took place; the race and ethnicity of the women on whom the abortions were performed.

Analysis by ACLU-Utah: Some of the information in question includes the reason for seeking an abortion, stage of pregnancy, and the race of the woman seeking an abortion. It seems clear that this bill is a thinly veiled effort to restrict women's reproductive choices down the road.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 56-17-2 on Mar/12/13; State Rep. Spencer Cox voted YES; Passed Senate 23-4-2 on Mar/12/13; Signed by Governor Gary Herbert on Mar/22/13

Source: ACLU-UT on Utah voting record SB60 , Mar 12, 2013

Rated 50% by Planned Parenthood, indicating mixed stance on abortion.

Cox scores 50% by Planned Parenthood abortion voting record - Planned Parenthood Action Council of Utah

Planned Parenthood provides reproductive services for women, including contraception, information on STDs, and abortion services. The organization receives federal funding, but not for abortion services. The organization scores legislators on their voting record on abortion rights.

Source: Planned Parenthood website 12-P-P on Jan 1, 2012

Other governors on Abortion: Spencer Cox on other issues:
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KY: Incumbent Andy Beshear(D)
vs.State A.G. Daniel Cameron(R)

vs.Ambassador Kelly Craft(R)
vs.State Auditor Mike Harmon(R)
LA: Incumbent John Bel Edwards(D,term-limited)
vs.Jeff Landry(R)
vs.Shawn Wilson(D)
vs.John Schroder(R)
vs.Sharon Hewitt(R)
MS: Incumbent Tate Reeves(R)
vs.Bill Waller(R,withdrew)
vs.Brandon Presley(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2024:
DE: Gov. John Carney (D, term-limited);
Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long (D)
vs. Matt Meyer (D)
IN: Gov. Eric Holcomb (R, term-limited);
Sen. Mike Braun (R)
vs. Suzanne Crouch (R)
vs. Jennifer McCormick (D)
MO: Gov. Mike Parson (R, term-limited):
Jay Ashcroft (R)
vs. Bill Eigel (R)
vs. Mike Kehoe (R)
vs. Crystal Quade (D)
MT: Gov. Greg Gianforte (R)
vs. Tanner Smith (R)
vs. Ryan Busse (D)
Gubernatorial Debates 2024 (continued):
NC: Gov. Roy Cooper (D, term-limited);
Dale Folwell (R)
vs. Michael Morgan (D)
vs. Mark Robinson (R)
vs. Josh Stein (D)
vs. Andy Wells (R)
ND: Gov. Doug Burgum (R)
vs. State Rep. Rick Becker (R)
NH: Gov. Chris Sununu (R, retiring)
vs. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R)
vs. Joyce Craig (D)
vs. Chuck Morse (R)
vs. Cinde Warmington (D)
UT: Gov. Spencer Cox (R)
vs. State Rep. Phil Lyman (R)
VT: Gov. Phil Scott (R) unopposed
WA: Gov. Jay Inslee (D, retiring);
Hilary Franz (D, withdrew)
vs. State Sen. Mark Mullet (D)
vs. County Chair Semi Bird (R)
vs. WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D)
WV: Gov. Jim Justice (R, term-limited);
vs. WV State Auditor JB McCuskey (R, withdrew)
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