Group Boycott Convention on Utah Laws on Abortion and Sports for Trans Girls

A professional medical ethics and research organization canceled its convention in Salt Lake City in response to the Utah legislature enacting a “trigger law” banning most abortions and its recent passing of legislation banning transgender girls from competing in high school sports.

In a tweet, Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research she said Utah’s laws “deny access to essential health care for people who can get pregnant and deny people the opportunity to participate in sports that are in line with their gender identity; they are discriminatory and antithetical to the values ​​of PRIM & R as an ethical organization “.

Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research “is committed to choosing conference venues where we are confident that the health, safety, personal autonomy and fundamental human rights of all people attending our meeting – staff, members, suppliers, collaborators and other components – are protected, “the organization tweeted.

The conference, scheduled from 14 to 18 November, will move to a virtual platform from 12 to 15 December.

A letter to members from Elisa A. Hurley, the organization’s executive director, indicated that it takes two to five years to reserve meeting space and accommodation “for a conference of this size.”

Visit Salt Lake confirmed the cancellation of the convention. Around 2,400 participants were expected in November.

The American Society for Human Genetics also canceled its convention in October 2028, citing the same logic, according to Karen Boe, vice president of communications and public relations at Visit Salt Lake. It is estimated that around 7,300 people should have attended that gathering.

On average, a delegate spends $ 971 while attending a convention in Salt Lake City, according to attendee polls from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah.

Utah Senate President Stuart Adams, R-Layton, responded in a statement: “Although one organization has decided to relocate, other organizations have chosen Utah to hold conferences and events. Even if I disagree with the boycott tactic, our economy remains strong and we will continue to approve policies that are in the best interest of all Utahns. ”

The letter from the organization for medical and research ethics refers to SB174, the law passed by Utah lawmakers in 2020 to position Utah to protect the lives of unborn children if or when the Supreme Court of States United overturned the historic Roe v. Wade. That decision came last month.

Utah’s so-called trigger law allows abortion only if the mother’s life is at risk, if the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest, or if two doctors practicing “maternal fetal medicine” both determine that the fetus “has a defect that is uniformly diagnosable and uniformly lethal or … has a severe brain abnormality that is uniformly diagnosable.

The Planned Parenthood Association of Utah challenged the constitutionality of the law in a state court. Earlier this month, Third District Court Judge Andrew Stone issued a preliminary injunction temporarily preventing the law from going into effect.

The letter also refers to HB11, which was approved by the Utah legislature during its general session earlier this year. The legislation, adopted in the last hours of the legislative session, prohibits transgender girls from competing in high school sports.

In late May, the Utah ACLU and other advocacy groups filed a lawsuit on behalf of two transgender girls attending public schools that defy Utah law.

Christine Durham, former Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court and counsel to Wilson Sonsini, one of the law firms participating in the lawsuit, said in the statement that the law “cannot survive constitutional scrutiny and endangers transgender children.”

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