A new Wyoming law prohibits taxpayer-funded colleges and universities from paying for abortions or insurance coverage of abortions.
Laramie Live reports Gov. Mark Gordon signed the law Monday after it passed the state legislature by a strong majority earlier this spring.
The new law, House Bill 253, sponsored by state Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Natrona County, will ensure that taxpayers are not subsidizing the killing of unborn babies in abortions through the University of Wyoming and the seven community colleges in the state.
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In 2018, LifeNews and other conservative news outlets reported about elective abortions being included in the University of Wyoming student health insurance plan. Students are automatically enrolled in the plan unless they fill out a waiver.
At the time, Laura Betzold, the chief risk officer in the university Office of Risk Management, confirmed the news, saying, “The UW student insurance plans for domestic and international students, offered through United Healthcare Student Resources, cover both medically necessary and elective abortion.”
The University of Wyoming is the largest university in the state with nearly 14,000 students enrolled.
Polls consistently show that Americans do not want their tax dollars to fund abortions. A January poll from Marist found that 77 percent of Americans oppose using tax dollars to promote abortion overseas, and 58 percent oppose using tax dollars to fund abortions in the United States.
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