Wyoming Gov. Gordon signs bill protecting abortion survivors

By Dave Andrusko

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon
Photo credit: Mike Groover

Following passage last week in the Wyoming House [48-11] and in the Wyoming Senate [26-4] previously, Gov. Mark Gordon signed Senate File 34—the Born Alive Infant Means of Care Act—into law on Tuesday. 

In 2020, Gordon vetoed a slightly different bill. 

The bill will take effect July 1.

As regards abortion survivors, SF34 reads 

“The commonly accepted means of care that would be rendered to any other infant born alive shall be employed in the treatment of any viable infant aborted alive. Any physician performing an abortion shall take medically appropriate and reasonable steps to preserve the life and health of an infant born alive.”

According to reporter Brendan LaChance, state Sen. Cheri Steinmetz , the legislation’s primary sponsor, said, “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  save just one human life. This has been exemplified in measures taken to fight COVID-19.”

Last year Sen. Steinmetz told KGAB ,“I would like to see Wyoming be known as a place where we live up to our name, the Equality State, where everyone is equally protected under the law.”

As they do habitually, Democrats opposed the bill. “I see it as a bill that either does nothing or potentially does something bad with regard to the viability aspect,” Senate Minority Floor Leader Chris Rothfuss said. 

But during House debate, state Rep Jared Olsen said, “Life is either precious or it’s not,” adding “And to me, all life is inherently, God-givenly, precious.”