Wyoming pro-lifers advance bill to prevent discrimination-motivated abortions

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-lifers in Wyoming are moving swiftly ahead on House Bill 161, a measure that “would ban abortions performed because the unborn child is diagnosed with a disability or for the reasons of race, sex, color, national origin or ancestry,” according to Ellen Fike.

HB 161 has already passed in the House, and Tuesday the Senate Labor, Health and Social Services Committee unanimously voting to pass it out of the committee.  The bill will now moves on to the full Senate. Rep. John Romero-Martinez, R-Cheyenne, the sponsor, has characterized these as “discrimination-motivated abortions.” 

Rep. Chip Neiman, R-Hulett  added, “Life is precious and I struggle with the idea we even have to have this legislation and come to a point as a society where we say ‘You know what? This is worth saving and this is not worth saving.’” 

Meanwhile the Senate approved  Senate File 133 on a vote of 22-7.  SF 133 “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 bill has moved on to the House.

In addition, as we discussed last Thursday, pro-lifers in Wyoming  have successfully passed another  pro-life measure in the state House  that has moved on to the state Senate. It “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 of Wyoming Public Media. “And it would not allow state funds given to the public colleges or university to go towards elective abortion procedures.”