by Steven Ertelt
February 26, 2007
Cheyenne, WY (LifeNews.com) — The Wyoming state Senate on Monday agreed to changes the state House made to a bill that would protect pregnant women and their unborn children. The measure charges criminals with two crimes if they kill both mother and child and now it heads to Governor Dave Freudenthal for his signature or veto.
The Senate voted 22-7 to concur with the House amendments, a change from the 16-12 vote the Senate originally cast on the bill.
A handful of pro-abortion lawmakers joined pro-life legislators in sending the measure to the governor.
Governor Freudenthal has not given any indication whether he will sign or veto the bill but pro-life advocates are hopeful.
Right to Life of Wyoming president Steven Ertelt said that SF 118 is "common-sense legislation that gives protection and justice to pregnant women and their unborn children."
"We call on the governor to sign this pro-woman bill and hold criminals accountable when they attack pregnant women like Laci Peterson and brutally kill both mother and child," Ertelt added. "Everyone knows that when both mother and baby are killed there are two victims and two crimes and attacker should be sentenced for both and stay in prison longer."
Ertelt said he expects abortion advocates like Wyoming NARAL to urge the governor to veto the measure and to mislead him saying it’s potentially unconstitutional.
"They know similar federal and state laws have never been declared unconstitutional and that the terms they were worried about being undefined are no longer in the bill," Ertelt said. "If this bill becomes law and NARAL takes it to court it will be because they are more concerned with promoting abortion than protecting women."
There are currently 34 states with laws like SF 118 that protect both mother and child and charges criminals with two crimes instead of one. Of those states, 24 provide that protection throughout pregnancy.
ACTION: You can call the governor at 307-777-7434, send a faxed letter to 307-632-3909 or send an email using the form located at https://wyoming.gov/governor/contactgovernor.asp