A Republican lawmaker within the state of Utah has stated she trusts girls to manage the “consumption of semen” in response to criticism following the U.S. Supreme Courtroom’s choice to overturn two landmark abortion rights rulings.
State Consultant Karianne Lisonbee made the remarks on Friday as state legislators celebrated the Courtroom’s majority opinion that reversed its holdings in 1973’s Roe v. Wade and 1992’s Deliberate Parenthood v. Casey.
“I acquired a textual content message right now saying I ought to search to manage males’s ejaculations and never girls’s pregnancies,” Lisonbee informed reporters throughout a information convention, including that the message recommended: “that I clearly do not belief girls sufficient to make decisions to manage their very own physique.”
“And my response is I do belief girls sufficient to manage once they enable a person to ejaculate inside them and to manage that consumption of semen,” she stated.
Lisbonee additionally acknowledged that “which may be inflammatory.” Her remarks come as Utah successfully bans virtually all abortions.
Consultant Lisbonee issued a press release to Newsweek on Saturday morning.
“What I stated within the press convention yesterday when referring to the message I acquired and my response to it didn’t replicate what I meant to precise or the total content material of my written reply which included the assertion that girls should not have a selection when they’re raped, and have protections underneath Utah’s set off legislation,” Lisbonee stated.
“My first assertion within the press convention made clear the actions I’ve taken to go payments that present authorized safety and recourse to victims of sexual assault,” she stated.
“The political and social divide in America appears to be increasing at an ever sooner tempo. I’m dedicated to ongoing respectful and civil engagement. I can all the time do higher and can proceed to strive,” Lisbonee stated.
Utah has a so-called set off legislation that got here into impact on Friday after the state’s legislative normal counsel formally licensed to lawmakers that Roe had been overturned. The 2020 legislation was co-sponsored by Consultant Lisonbee and can make abortion unlawful within the state with some particular exceptions.
The set off legislation offers restricted exceptions in circumstances the place an abortion “is important to avert the demise” of the pregnant lady or there’s “a severe threat of considerable and irreversible impairment of a serious bodily perform.”
The legislation additionally incorporates an exception for rape or incest however the doctor performing the abortion should confirm that the rape or incest has been reported to the police or different authorities earlier than finishing up the process.
An abortion can be permissible underneath Utah legislation if two physicians who apply “maternal fetal drugs” agree that “the fetus has a defect that’s uniformly diagnosable and uniformly deadly” or “has a extreme mind abnormality that’s uniformly diagnosable.”
The laws particularly excludes Down syndrome, spina bifida, cerebral palsy or any situation “that doesn’t trigger a person to reside in a mentally vegetative state” as grounds for an abortion.
Lisonbee welcomed the Supreme Courtroom’s choice in Dobbs v. Jackson Girls’s Well being Group in remarks to Salt Lake Metropolis’s Fox 13 on Friday.
“It’s great information, and we’re so grateful the Supreme Courtroom has taken up the Dobbs case and determined in the best way they’ve,” she stated.
The Republican stated that Utah wouldn’t transfer to forestall girls from touring to different states as a way to obtain abortion companies.
“Definitely a girl is free to journey from state to state,” Lisonbee stated. “I do not know of any Utah legislation prior to now that has sought to punish a girl who has sought an abortion. We’ve all the time centered our legal guidelines on punishing those that carry out the abortions.”
President Joe Biden on Friday confused the significance of girls having the ability to journey to different states within the wake of the Courtroom’s choice.
“If any state or native official, excessive or low, tries to intrude with a girl’s exercising her primary proper to journey, I’ll do all the pieces in my energy to combat that deeply un-American assault,” the president stated.
Replace 06/25/22 08.35a.m. E.T.: This text was up to date to incorporate a press release from Karianne Lisbonee.