SALT LAKE CITY — Utah has jabbed around the edges of the nation’s long-standing abortion law, but hasn’t gone as far as Alabama to ban the procedure in almost all circumstances.

The Beehive State’s Republican-controlled legislature passed a bill in 2016 that requires doctors to administer anesthesia or painkillers for a fetus before any abortion at 20 weeks gestation or later — the first law of its kind in the country.

Earlier this year, lawmakers outlawed abortions performed solely based on a Down syndrome diagnosis.

While both measures are controversial, the legislature also waded into the national debate on abortion rights this year with a law banning the procedure after 18 weeks gestation. Planned Parenthood of Utah immediately sued and a federal judge stopped the law from taking effect while the case is litigated.

“Utah has taken a little more reserved approach. We’ve been pushing the envelope on abortions to limit them … pushing the envelope in what we believe are the current judicial constraints,” Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, said, listing some of those laws.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

FILE – Audrey Meyer, top center, and others hold signs during a press conference at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, …read more

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