By Dave Andrusko
Step by step, Wyoming is moving in the direction of passing Senate File 133. The bill “would prohibit the use of several drugs, including mifepristone and misoprostol, that are commonly used for early-stage abortion,” according to Tom Coulter of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.
The measure has now been approved by the full Senate on a 22-7 vote after Senate File 133 cleared the Senate Labor, Health and Social Committee on a 4-1 vote. The bill now moves to the House.
While the bill was being debated in the Senate Labor, Health and Social Committee, Sen. Tim Salazar, R-Riverton, the bill’s sponsor, said “Throughout this country, even in our own state, we have public policy on what we as a society are going to allow within the framework of the right to have an abortion in this country.”
Salazar continued, according to reporter Morgan Hughes, “I believe we as a state in Wyoming have a responsibility to also decide not only what we will and will not allow in the procedures of how you have an abortion, but also what procedures are either dangerous or gruesome.”
As Coulter reported
Gillette resident Shannon Moodry emphasized the most important person impacted by the bill is “the baby in the womb.”
“If we’re supporting women’s rights, let’s support the most vulnerable woman in this discussion today, and that would be the one in the womb,” Moodry said.
As we discussed last Thursday, pro-lifers in Wyoming have successfully passed two other pro-life measures in the state House which now move on to the state Senate.
The first would ban abortions performed because the baby “is expected to have a disability, or be born a certain gender or race,” according to Morgan Hughes reporting for the Wyoming News Exchange. The bill was introduced by Rep. John Romero-Martinez (R-Cheyenne).
Laws preventing what Rep. Romero-Martinez described as “discrimination-motivated abortions” are being proposed in states throughout the nation.
The second would “would not allow state or federal funds to go towards student insurance plans at any public Wyoming university or community college that cover an abortion procedure,” according to Catherine Wheeler. “And it would not allow state funds given to the public colleges or university to go towards elective abortion procedures.”
Both bills had passed the House Labor, Health and Social Services Committee by the same 7-2 margin, the two nays both being Democrats.