Advocates Say Trump Plan to Cut Utah's National Monuments Bad for Native Americans and for Business

Before he departed office in 2016, President Obama designated 1.35 million acres of Utah’s ruddled landscape as Bears Ears National Monument, granting it federal protection against oil and gas drilling, among other threats. On Monday, Trump is poised to undo his predecessor’s handiwork, with reports revealing his…

Fugitive Polygamous Cult Leader Was Not in Fact Raptured to Heaven, Just Hiding in a Pickup Truck

One year and a lifetime ago, American society was vaguely stable and fundamentalist Mormon cult leader Lyle Jeffs was facing federal charges for food stamp fraud and money laundering. Jeffs disappeared while awaiting trial, with his court-appointed lawyer dryly suggesting that perhaps he’d been raptured into Heaven. …

No One Knows How to Enforce Utah's Ridiculous 'Fetal Anesthesia' Law

In 2016, Utah passed a law requiring fetuses beyond 20 weeks—the gestational point that Republican legislators argued that a fetus can feel pain—be given painkillers prior to “elective abortion.” Utah dubbed it “fetal anesthesia,” and though there is no medical evidence indicating that fetuses can feel pain, nor any…

Utah GOPer Wants Everyone to Forget About Equal Pay, 'Allow the Mother to Remain in the Home'

James Green, vice chair of the Wasatch County GOP in Utah, wrote a truly astounding letter to the editor this week arguing against Senate Bill 210, which would direct employers to establish uniform pay criteria and study pay disparities between men and women. Let’s not do that, Green argued, because men should make…

Utah Governor Signs Entirely Batshit Bill Requiring Anesthesia for Abortions After 20 Weeks 

Utah Governor Gary Herbert has signed a bill requiring that doctors administer anesthesia to people receiving abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill, you will be non-surprised to learn, isn’t about concern for a pregnant person’s health, but is based on the bogus notion that 20-week fetuses can feel pain.