“Born-Alive” bill on its way to Wyoming Governor; similar bill passes in Alabama House of Representatives

By Dave Andrusko

Bills to require equal treatment for abortion survivors made huge gains this week in Wyoming and Alabama. Born-Alive bills require only that abortion survivors receive the same medical care any other infant born at the same age would.

After having passed in the state Senate, the Wyoming House of Representatives Wednesday approved a bill that “requires that health care practitioners “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age,” according to Nick Reynolds of the Casper Star-Tribune whose hostility to the measure he made no attempt to mask. 

Senate File 97 “marks the first successful piece of major anti-abortion legislation to pass the Legislature this year,” according to Reynolds.

The bill now goes to Gov. Mark Gordon. 

Meanwhile in Alabama, the House of Representatives passed a similar measure Tuesday night. The House vote was an overwhelming 66-18. It now moves to the Senate.

“It’s to require a physician in an abortion center in the instance where a baby is born alive after an abortion or an attempted abortion, to provide reasonable care to try to save the baby’s life,” said House Sponsor Ginny Shaver . “I do not see how anyone with a conscious could oppose rendering aid to a child born alive,” according to reporter Mike Cason.

Per usual, pro-abortion Democrats said the bill wasn’t necessary and that it was an attempt to “demonize” abortion, even though the bill does nothing to prevent abortions but just requires treating babies who survive abortions with the same level of care a preemie of the same gestational age receives.