The Utah bill that would have criminalized miscarriage is going back to the State Legislature, which will remove some of its worst elements. However, Utah still wants to make some miscarriage a felony.
Specifically, the bill's sponsor, State Rep. Carl Wimmer, says he'll take out the provision making a woman's "reckless act" inducing miscarriage eligible for homicide prosecution. This is the part of the bill that could've sentenced women to life in prison for falling down the stairs, drinking alcohol, or staying in an abusive relationship. It's also the portion that ignited what the Times unfortunately calls "a firestorm of anxiety and criticism," which makes pro-choicers sound sort of like a bunch of over-involved moms worried about your new boyfriend. In fact, we'd simply like the right not to become moms if we don't feel like it, and "firestorm of anger" might've been more appropriate. In any case, Broadsheet's Tracy Clark-Flory attributes the bill's upcoming revision to "the backlash by the pro-choice community" — so if you sent a letter to Utah Gov. George Herbert, or any other Utah lawmakers, pat yourself on the back.