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Defending Life Spotlight

Utah-DL-2021

Unsafe Spotlight

Utah has a regulatory framework in place for inspecting abortion businesses, although the scope of these regulations appears to be lack- ing. AUL’s records request to the Utah Department of Health, under the Utah Government Records Access and Management Act, Utah Code Ann. § 63-2-101 et seq., yielded 31 reports, but only about 13 of those contained actual citations, mostly focusing on building and facility codes. A few inspections revealed health and safety violations and lax practices such as failing to include job descriptions in employees’ records, failing to test employees for tuberculosis, improper authentication of patient files, running extension cords through the ceiling tiles, failing to monitor water temperature, and failing to appoint an alternate administrator in the event the administrator is not on site. At Wasatch Women’s Center, the facility was cited for performing a second trimester abortion despite only being licensed to perform first trimester abortions.

NUMBER OF REPORTS: 31 
DATE RANGE: 2012–2019