Support HJR 2 Joint Resolution Amending Rules of Civil Procedure on Injunctions

  • Pro-Life Utah
  • 01/20/2023


Link to bill: https://le.utah.gov/~2023/bills/static/HJR002.html

What Would It Do?

  • HJR2 raises the standard for granting injunctions (holds) on laws
  • Requires a lawsuit to be "likely to prevail on its merits"
  • Removes the more subjective standard that a lawsuit "present serious issues".
  • The passage of this bill would allow injunctions placed previously under the subjective "serious issues" standard to be reconsidered.
  • This has a high potential to remove the injunction (hold) on SB 174 (The Life at conception bill/Abortion Trigger Bill)
  • Reenacting SB174 would make elective abotion prohibited in Utah with exceptions for rape, incest and risk to the life of the mother.

Relevant information

  • This bill must pass with a two thirds majority in both legislative chambers in order to be enacted immediately. Enacting this bill and removing the injunction on our abortion ban would immediately save 9 babies per day.

Why we support this joint resolution.

  • It is good policy to have clearly defined standards by which judges make the determination to put a law on hold. Removing subjective standards and enforcing a high standard to reverse state law is good practice.
  • The power invested to the legislature by the people should not be able to be overturned by one judge without said judge having to meet appropriate standards.
  • This would bring Utah civil rules into alignment with federal rules.
  • This has a serious chance to remove the injunction on our abortion prohibition bill, which would start saving babies immediately.

What can I do?

  • Contact your legislator and ask them to support HJR 2 so we can save babies and enact our abortion prohibition.
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