Hundreds rally for abortion rights at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on May 3, 2022.

Mengshin Lin, Deseret News

Utah Senate President J. Stuart Adams insists Utah’s abortion law is constitutional and should be allowed to take effect even as the Utah Supreme Court is considering it.

The 2020 law, which bans abortion under most circumstances, is on hold amid a legal challenge by the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah and the Utah chapter of the ACLU.

“I personally believe that the legislation passed is constitutional,” said Adams, R-Layton, placing a motion to before the Legislative Management Committee Tuesday to direct legislative counsel to file a friend-of-the-court brief “asking the Utah Supreme Court to allow the statute banning abortions to remain in effect and enforceable while the statute’s constitutionality is being litigated.”

The committee, comprised of legislative leaders, voted 8-7 along party lines to direct their counsel to draft the brief.

Adams said he believes the U.S. Supreme Court “got it right” when it ruled in June to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that recognized women’s right to abortion, returning the issue to the states to determine their respective policies.

“I believe this is within our prerogative as a Legislature to decide what direction we want to go with this. Other states have gone other directions. I believe it’s surely within the Legislature’s right to make those decisions, as the Supreme Court has indicated,” he said.

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