CASPER, Wyo. — Senate File 97 aims to modify some abortion rules in Wyoming.
Under current Wyoming law, when an infant is “aborted alive with any chance of survival” medical treatment must be employed in the same manner in which care is provided to “any other infant born alive.”
The legislation proposes removing the “any chance of survival” provision. This means that if an infant is born alive when an abortion procedure is performed, physicians would be required to “take medically appropriate and reasonable steps to preserve the life and health of an infant born alive” regardless of the infant’s chance of survival.
“The parents of an infant born alive shall not be held criminally or civilly liable for the actions of a physician under this section,” the proposed legislation adds.
As of March 2019, Better Wyoming reported there were only three abortion providers in the state, all located in Teton County.
The Senate passed the proposed legislation on third reading during their Thursday, Feb. 27 floor session. The vote was 23-7:
Ayes: AGAR, ANDERSON, BEBOUT, BITEMAN, BONER, BOUCHARD, COE, DOCKSTADER, DRISKILL, ELLIS, HICKS, HUTCHINGS, JAMES, KINSKEY, KOST, LANDEN, MONIZ, NETHERCOTT, PAPPAS, PERKINS, SCHULER, SCOTT, STEINMETZWyoming Legislative Service Office
Nays: ANSELMI-DALTON, BALDWIN, CASE, GIERAU, ROTHFUSS, VON FLATERN, WASSERBURGER
The legislation is sponsored by Senators Steinmetz, Biteman, Hutchings and Kinskey and Representatives Duncan, Eyre, Flitner, Gray, Jennings, Tass and Wilson.