by Steven Ertelt
January 30, 2007
Cheyenne, WY (LifeNews.com) — The Wyoming state legislature is preparing to tackle two bills this week that have drawn strong support from pro-life advocates. One requires abortion facilities to give women information about abortion’s risks and alternatives and another protects pregnant women and their unborn children from acts of violence.
The House Judiciary Committee approved HB 144 on a close 5-4 vote last week, the first time in six years the measure has made it to the full state House for a vote.
Rep. Bob Brechtel, a Casper Republican, is the prime sponsor of the measure, which also gives women contemplating an abortion information about the development of their baby and a list of places across the state that can help them find better solutions.
Right to Life of Wyoming strongly backs the bill and its state president, Steven Ertelt, says pro-life advocates need to call and email their legislators because the vote is expected to be very close.
"Every call and email makes a difference because this vote will be so close and this important bill is so hotly contested," Ertelt said. "This kind of legislation has reduced abortions and helped women and we need every pro-life person to let their legislators know they support it."
Meanwhile, the state Senate will consider an unborn victims bill that would have Wyoming join 34 other states that protect pregnant women like Laci Peterson from acts of violence.
If a criminal attacks a pregnant Wyoming woman and kills her and her baby, he would only face charges in the death of the mother. SF 118, sponsored by Sen. John Barrasso, would allow prosecutors to hold criminals accountable for the death of both mother and child with two charges.
The Senate Labor committee approved the bill on a 5-0 vote and turned back a single-victim measure Right to Life of Wyoming opposed.
"SF 118 is a common sense bill that every legislator should support to protect pregnant women in our state," Ertelt explained. "As everyone knows, when a pregnant mother and her baby are killed there are two victims and this bill gives them justice."
Ertelt said he expects the state Senate to approve SF 118 and send it to the House for its consideration.
ACTION: Contact your state Representative and urge support for HB 144 and contact your state Senator and urge support for SF 118. To find the email addresses of your state senator, go to https://legisweb.state.wy.us/email/email.htm. You can call any legislator at 866-996-8683 or 777-VOTE (in Cheyenne).
Related web sites:
Right to Life of Wyoming – https://www.prolifewyoming.com