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Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill banning abortions after 18-weeks into law on Monday evening.

HB136 from Rep. Cheryl Acton, R-West Jordan, reduces the timeline that a woman can seek an abortion from 20 weeks to 18.

Both Planned Parenthood of Utah and the ACLU threatened to file lawsuits on constitutional grounds against the law if Herbert signed it. Those threats apparently did not deter Herbert from signing the bill.

Herbert also signed several other bills into law, including:

HB114 sponsored by Rep. Cory Malloy, R-Lehi, which strengthens Utah's "stand your ground" self-defense law.

HB324 from Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, raising the age to legally buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.

Gov. Herbert also signed four bills making it harder for citizen initiatives to make it on the ballot.