We want to bring special attention to four pro-life bills: House Bills 116,132, 182, and 240.
HB 116-Abortion amendments- an act relating to abortions; amending the definition of “viability” to include the ability to feel pain; prohibiting the sale or transfer of any aborted child or cells or tissue from an aborted child for experimentation; and providing for an effective date. http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2017/Introduced/HB0116.pdf
This is significant because it allows for the law to acknowledge the fact that the pre-born children can and do feel pain. It also prohibits the sale of aborted children.
HB 132-Reporting of abortions- an act relating to abortions; establishing additional requirements for abortion reporting; providing for a public report of abortion statistics; providing penalties for failure to report as required; specifying acts not meeting reporting requirements are acts of unprofessional conduct; and providing for an effective date. http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2017/Introduced/HB0132.pdf
This is important because current laws requiring abortion reporting are often ignored. This makes further pro-life legislation appear to be unnecessary, like a solution looking for a problem. We know there are abortion providers here in the state. We don’t clearly know how many abortions they are providing each year.
HB 182-Abortion–ultrasound information- an act relating to public health and safety; requiring physicians to provide patients with specified information before certain nonemergency abortion procedures; providing and amending definitions; and providing for an effective date. http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2017/Introduced/HB0182.pdf
This bill requires an abortion provider to “orally and in person inform the pregnant woman that she has a right to view an active ultrasound of the unborn child and hear the heartbeat of the unborn child if the heartbeat is audible.” We know that mothers who see their pre-born children overwhelmingly choose life. We have to remind our sisters and brothers who are convinced that abortion is a “woman’s choice” that, when making a choice, more information is always better than less. If they really believe that a woman has the right to choose, then they should clearly support this bill since it requires an abortion provider to give her all of the information to which she is entitled.
I believe all three of the above bills will be heard Monday, House- Labor/Health committee upon adjournment, around 3:30 pm. If you are planning to testify, I would get there early.
HB 240-Death penalty repeal- an act relating to crimes and offenses and criminal procedure; repealing the death penalty; eliminating procedures related to imposition and execution of death sentences; conforming provisions; providing applicability; remanding existing death sentences; and providing for an effective date.
Yes, you read this correctly. I am listing this as a pro-life bill.
Every parent understands that what we say matters. But what we do matters even more, because our children know the difference. Likewise, laws have an instructive element to them. We can preach “sanctity of human life” until we are blue in the face, but as long as there is a single law that indicates that the circumstances for such sanctity are external to the person, and that, in certain situations, we have the right to ignore inherent, God-given dignity, then we are demonstrating to our children that life really is not sacred, that we are the arbiters of sanctity, not God. This leads to more violence, and our schools will continue to look less like safe learning environments, and more like maximum security prisons. And our poor legislators will be left drawing arbitrary lines in the sand to distinguish when the state is responsible for defending life and when it can wash its hands of such responsibility. A government has the responsibility to protect its people. It can do that without resorting to capital punishment.
As Catholics, in the Diocese of Cheyenne, we seek to demonstrate a consistent moral ethic, recognizing the sanctity of the human person created in the image and likeness of God, from the womb to the tomb.
Here’s the link to HB 240: http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2017/Introduced/HB0240.pdf. It has been assigned to the House Minerals Committee. Those committee member emails are as follows:
Representatives: Tyler.Lindholm@wyoleg.gov; Aaron.Clausen@wyoleg.gov; Thomas.Crank@wyoleg.gov; Danny.Eyre@wyoleg.gov; Mike.Greear@wyoleg.gov; Bill.Henderson@wyoleg.gov; James.Byrd@wyoleg.gov; Chuck.Gray@wyoleg.gov; Bunky.Loucks@wyoleg.gov;
We will keep you posted about when this bill will be heard in committee. If you have read this far, thank you!