A Utah lawmaker and her sister at odds: Should rape victims need to contact police before getting an abortion?

Both sisters had tears in their eyes. Rep. Kera Birkeland, R-Morgan, sat in her office at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City.On the other side of t...

February 3, 2023
11:20 PM

Both sisters had tears in their eyes. Rep. Kera Birkeland, R-Morgan, sat in her office at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City.On the other side of the Salt Lake Valley, her younger sister by 10 years, Samantha Hansen, sat in the kitchen of her Herriman home. Some 40 miles separated the two while they spoke individually to the Deseret News on Thursday — but their vast differences over an issue that hits far too close to home for their family is immeasurable. The issue? Abortion access and services for rape victims in Utah — an issue that's slated to heat up in coming days and weeks on Utah's Capitol Hill as a bill proposed by Birkeland, along with a slate of other abortion-related bills, make their way through the Utah Legislature.

Katie Mckellar