By Dave Andrusko
One of National Right to Life top legislative proposals passed yesterday in the Wyoming Senate.
Senate File 34 would require abortionists to “take medically appropriate and reasonable steps to preserve the life and health of an infant born alive” following an abortion, Tom Coulter of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported. SF 34 “passed by an overwhelming voice vote on its first reading.”
As per usual, however, Democrats insisted such legislation was unnecessary. Republicans countered they were being “pro-active” and saw the bill as a “necessary safeguard,” Coulter wrote.
Sen. Bo Biteman, R-Ranchester, said there have been “numerous” accounts of failed abortions where doctors and nurses left the infant to die.
“This bill says if that baby is born and survives an abortion, you’ve got to take every step necessary to preserve that baby’s life — it’s a human being — and that’s what we’re doing here — nothing more, nothing less,” Biteman said.
During debate on the Senate floor, Sen. Cheri Steinmetz, R-Lingle, the bill’s sponsor put it best. “While we may have serious debates on the floor about when life begins and how pregnancy affects the rights of both the mother and the child, it is my hope that we can all agree that once a child is born alive, all rights apply equally under the law.
She added, “We have seen evidence this last year in Wyoming that we will go to extreme measures to preserve just one human life. This has been exemplified in measures taken to fight COVID-19.”
SF 34 will make its way to the House, if approved twice more in the Senate.