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A summary of state legislation January 1, 2019 – March 31, 2019

Joe Kral, M.A.

ALASKA

Medically Necessary Abortion-Legal Definition:

February 15, 2019 – The Alaska Supreme Court ruled, 4-1, that the state law defining “medically necessary abortion” was a violation of the state’s equal protection clause and therefore unconstitutional. Alaska lawmakers originally put the definition in to the law in order to help designate what Medicaid funds could be used for abortion.  Because of this decision Medicaid funds can now be used to pay for any abortion.

 

ARKANSAS

Abortion Pill Reversal:

February 28, 2019 – The Arkansas Senate passed, 29-5, SB 341 that would expand on their existing Abortion Pill Reversal Law. This bill proposes that the abortionist give written notification after the first dose of the abortion medication has been dispensed. The bill now heads to the House for consideration.

 

March 18, 2019 – The House passed SB 341, 70-14. The measure now heads to Governor Asa Hutchinson’s desk for either his signature or veto.

 

Board Certified or Board Eligible Requirement:

March 28, 2019 – The Arkansas House passed a bill, 70-15, that requires abortionists to be either board certified or board eligible in obstetrics and gynecology. The bill now heads to Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s desk for either his signature or veto.

 

Human Cloning & Embryo Destruction (Public Funding Prohibition):

March 27, 2019 – The Senate passed HB 1399 which would prohibit public funds from being used to create human clones. It would also prohibit the use of public funds from being used to destroy human embryonic children as well. The bill moves back to the House so the House can concur with the Senate changes.

 

Human Life Protection Act (Trigger Ban):

February 7, 2019 – The Arkansas Senate passed SB 149, 29-6. This bill would prohibit abortions, except to save the life of the mother, if Roe v Wade is overturned. The bill now moves to House for consideration.

 

February 12, 2019 – SB 149 passed the House committee it was assigned to. The bill now moves to the House Floor for consideration.

 

February 14, 2019 – SB 149 passed the House vote. The bill will now go to Governor Asa Hutchinson who has indicated he will sign the bill.

 

February 19, 2019 – Asa Hutchinson has signed the bill. The law will take effect when Roe v Wade is overturned.

              

Non-Discrimination Abortion Act:

March 20, 2019 – The Arkansas Senate passed SB 2. This bill, if enacted, would prohibit the practice of knowingly aborting a child with a disability. The bill now moves to the House for consideration.

 

March 27, 2019 – SB 2 passed the Arkansas House. The bill now moves to be either signed or vetoed by Gov. Asa Hutchison.

 

Preborn Pain Protection Act:

March 11, 2019 – The Arkansas Senate passed HB 1439, 28-6. The bill would prohibit abortions on unborn children after 18 weeks gestation. The bill heads to the House for approval of the amendments made in the Senate.

 

March 15, 2019 – HB 1439 was signed into law by Governor Asa Hutchinson.

 

Safe Haven Boxes:

February 7, 2019 – The Arkansas Senate passed SB 168, 35-0. This bill would establish Safe Haven Boxes at hospitals, fire stations, and law enforcement agencies where parents can leave newborn babies without risk of being prosecuted. The bill now moves to the House for consideration.

 

February 12, 2019 – The House Public Health Committee passed SB 168. The bill now moves to the House floor for consideration.

 

FLORIDA

Parental Consent:

March 19, 2019 – The House Health Quality subcommittee passed HB 1335, 10-4. The bill would mandate that prior to an abortion a minor girl receive consent from a parent or guardian. The bill would amend the current parental notification law into a consent law. The bill now moves to full committee for consideration.

 

GEORGIA

Fetal Heartbeat Bill:

March 6, 2019 – A state House committee passed HB 481, 17-14. The bill, if enacted, would prohibit an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected. The bill now moves to the House Floor for consideration.

 

March 7, 2019 – The House passed HB 481, 93-73. It now moves to the Senate for consideration.

 

March 18, 2019 – The Senate Science and Technology Committee passed HB 481, 3-2. The bill will now move to the Senate Floor for consideration.

 

March 23, 2019 – The Senate approved HB 481, 34-18. It now goes back to the House for approval of Senate changes. The bill does allow for rape, incest, and fetal abnormality (not compatible with life) exceptions.

 

March 29, 2019 – The House concurred with the changes made in the Senate. HB 481 now heads to Governor Brian Kemp for either his signature or veto.

 

IDAHO

Partial Birth Abortion Ban:

February 15, 2019 – The Idaho Senate passed SB 1049, 29-6, which would ban the practice of partial birth abortion. The bill now moves to the House for consideration.

 

March 7, 2019 – SB 1049 was signed into law by Governor Brad Little.

 

ILLINOIS

Public Funded Abortion:

January 22, 2019 – Governor JB Pritzker signed an executive order further entrenching the Illinois law that mandates taxpayers fund state employee.

 

Repeal of Parental Notification:

March 19, 2019 – SB 1594 passed out of  Senate committee. The bill mandates the repeal of Illinois’ 1995 Parental Notification Act. The bill now moves to the Senate Floor for consideration.

 

INDIANA

Conscience Protections:

February 15, 2019 – A Senate Committee has passed a bill that would allow pharmacists to opt out of dispensing abortion inducing drugs. The bill now moves to the Senate Floor for consideration.

 

Dismemberment Abortion Ban:

February 18, 2019 – The Dismemberment Abortion Ban, HB 1211, passed the House Public Policy Committee, 9-4. The bill would prohibit the practice of dismemberment abortions on a living unborn child. The bill now moves to the House Floor for consideration.

 

February 21, 2019 – HB 1211 passed the House. It now moves to the Senate for consideration.

 

March 27, 2019 – HB 1211 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee, 7-3. It now moves to the Senate Floor for consideration.

 

IOWA

Fetal Heartbeat Law:

January 22, 2019 – State Fifth District Court Judge, Michael D. Huppert, struck down the fetal heartbeat law. His ruling basically stated that the law was a pre-viable ban on abortion and was contrary to the due process and equal protection provisions of the Iowa Constitution.

 

February 19, 2019 – Governor Kim Reynolds stated today that she will not appeal the district court decision. It is her belief that the Iowa Supreme Court’s ruling last June that there is a right to abortion will make the appeal impossible to win.

 

No Constitutional Right to Abortion:

February 6, 2019 – An Iowa Senate subcommittee passed SJR 9. The resolution would add the following language to the Iowa Constitution: “The constitution does not secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.” The resolution now moves to the full committee for consideration.

 

March 5, 2019 – The Iowa Senate Committee has passed SJR 9. The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

 

Unborn Victims of Violence:

March 26, 2019 – The Iowa Senate passed SF 523. This bill, if enacted, will recognize the unborn child as a person in cases of a crime when the child is killed or injured.  It now moves to the House for consideration.

 

KANSAS

Resolution Condemning New York Abortion Law

March 12, 2019 – The Kansas House passed a resolution, 78-5, condemning the new New York law that allows abortion up until birth.

 

KENTUCKY

Abortion Pill Reversal/Abortion Reporting:

February 21, 2019 – SB 50 was passed out of the House Health and Family Services Committee. The bill would require the reporting of abortion statistics to the Kentucky Vital Statistics Office and also requires abortionists to inform patients of the ability to reverse medical abortions.

 

Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act:

February 28, 2019 – A Senate Committee passed SB 227. The bill mandates that those infants who have survived an abortion must receive life-saving and life-sustaining medical care. The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

 

Fetal Heartbeat Bill:

February 14, 2019 – The Fetal Heartbeat Bill, SB 9, passed out of the Senate Committee. The bill would mandate prohibition of abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected. The bill now moves to the Senate Floor for consideration.

 

February 14, 2019 – SB 9 passed the Senate, 31-6. The bill now moves to the House for consideration.

 

March 14, 2019 – SB 9 passed the House, 71-19. The bill now moves to Governor Matt Bevins for either his signature or veto. Governor Bevins has indicated he is likely to sign the measure.

 

March 15, 2019 – Governor Bevins signed the bill into law. US Federal Court Judge, David J. Hale, blocked enforcement of the law until another hearing is settled.

 

Non-Discrimination Abortion Act:

February 20, 2019 – The Kentucky House Committee on Veteran, Military, and Public Protections passed HB 5, 10-4, that would prohibit an abortionist from knowingly performing an abortion based upon the unborn child’s race, sex, or disability. The bill now moves to the House Floor for consideration.

 

February 26, 2019 – The Kentucky House passed HB 5, 67-25. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

 

March 13, 2019 – HB 5 passed the Senate. The bill now moves to Governor Matt Bevins for either his signature or veto.

 

March 19, 2019 – Governor Matt Bevins has signed HB 5. The law takes effect immediately.

 

March 20, 2019 – US Federal District Court Judge, David J Hale, blocked enforcement of law pending hearing.

 

Trigger Ban:

February 13, 2019 – HB 148 passed the Kentucky House Judiciary Committee. The bill, if passed and signed into law, would ban abortion in the state if Roe v. Wade is overturned. The bill now moves to the House Floor for consideration.

 

February 20, 2019 – HB 148 passed the House, 69-20. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

 

LOUISIANA

Abortionist Admitting Privileges:

January 25, 2019 – The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a motion to halt the enforcement of Louisiana’s law that mandates that abortionists have admitting privileges. The law, however, was to go into effect January 28, 2019. That has been delayed until February 4, 2019.

 

February 1, 2019 – The US Supreme Court has delayed implementation of the law until February 7, 2019 in order to review court filings.

 

February 7, 2019 – The US Supreme Court stayed the enforcement of the law until it either grants or denies certiorari to review the case.

 

MARYLAND

Assisted Suicide:

March 1, 2019 – Two House Committees jointly advanced HB 399. The bill, if enacted, would legalize assisted suicide in the state. The bill now moves to the full House for consideration.

 

March 7, 2019 – HB 399 passed the Maryland House, 74-66. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

 

March 23, 2019 – HB 399 has passed the Senate Judicial Proceeding Committee and now advances to the Senate Floor for consideration.

 

March 27, 2019 – HB 399 was defeated on the Senate Floor. The vote was a tie that could not be broken thereby defeating the bill for the legislative session.

 

MISSISSIPPI

Fetal Heartbeat Bill:

February 5, 2019 – SB 2116 passed the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee. The bill would mandate the prohibition of abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected (usually around 6 weeks gestation).  The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

 

February 13, 2019 – SB 2116 passed the Senate. The bill now moves to the House for consideration.

 

February 27, 2019 – The House Public Health Committee has passed SB 2116. It now moves to the House Floor for consideration.

 

March 11, 2019 – SB 2116 has passed the House. The bill now moves to Governor Phil Bryant’s desk for either his signature or veto. Governor Bryant has indicated he is likely to sign the legislation.

 

March 21, 2019 – Governor Phil Bryant has signed SB 2116.

 

MISSOURI

Fetal Heartbeat & Trigger Ban Bill:

February 26, 2019 – The Missouri House passed HB 126, 110-37. If enacted, the bill mandates that abortion cannot take place after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Furthermore, it also has a provision that would become effective when Roe v. Wade is overturned prohibiting abortion in the state. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

 

Hospital Admitting Privileges:

February 22, 2019 – A US District Court Judge has ruled that Missouri’s admitting privileges law is not an undue burden. The law is similar to one that was struck down by the US Supreme Court in 2016’s Hellerstedt v. Whole Women’s Health.

 

Informed Consent:

February 13, 2019 – The Missouri Supreme Court upheld the state’s informed consent and waiting period law. A Satanist had sued the state saying that the law violated her religious beliefs.  The Missouri Supreme Court upheld the original courts dismissal of the case essentially ruling that the law does not violate religious expression nor establish any religious doctrine.

 

 

MONTANA

Ultrasound Bill:

February 13, 2019 – SB 100 passed the Montana Senate, 31-19. The bill would mandate that abortionists give women having an abortion the option of viewing the ultrasound and listening to the heartbeat of the unborn child. The bill now moves to the House for consideration.

 

NEW JERSEY

Assisted Suicide:

February 7, 2019 – The New Jersey Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee passed A 1504, 6-3. This bill would legalize assisted suicide within the state if it is determined by a physician the patient has less than 6 months to live. The bill now moves to the Full Senate for consideration.

 

March 25, 2019 – The New Jersey Senate approved A1504. The bill now heads to Governor Phil Murphy’s desk. He has indicated he will sign the bill.

 

NEW MEXICO

Abortion Legal Until Birth:

January 26, 2019 – The New Mexico House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee passed HB 51, 3-2. This bill would repeal New Mexico’s law (which is not in effect because of Roe v. Wade) that prohibits the practice of abortion. This bill would allow for abortions until birth. It also would strip current conscience protection for medical providers. The bill will have to be considered by another committee before moving to the House Floor.

 

February 1, 2019 – The House Judiciary Committee passed HB 51, 10-4. The bill will now move to the House Floor for consideration.

 

February 7, 2019 – HB 51 has passed the House Floor vote, 40-29. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

 

March 2, 2019 – HB 51 passed the Senate Public Affairs Committee. The bill now heads to the Senate Floor for consideration.

 

March 14, 2019 – HB 51 failed to pass on the Senate Floor. The bill is effectively defeated.

 

Assisted Suicide:

January 28, 2019 – HB 90, which would legalize assisted suicide passed out of committee, 4-3. The bill now moves to the House Floor for consideration.

 

March 13, 2019 – It was announced that HB 90 was quietly tabled by the House back in February. Due to the time constraints and lack of support from House members this bill has been effectively defeated for the session.

 

NEW YORK

Abortion Legal Until Birth:

January 22, 2019 – The New York Senate passed the Reproductive Health Act which would legalize abortion up to birth. If enacted this bill would ensure that the practice of abortion would remain legal in New York State if Roe were overturned. The bill now moves to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his consideration.

 

January 22, 2019- Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act the very same day the Senate passed the legislation.

 

Abortion Insurance Coverage:

January 22, 2019 – A State Supreme Court judge dismissed a case where the Diocese of Albany is suing the state because of a regulation that mandates all employers must provide insurance coverage for abortion and abortion related services. The diocese plans to appeal the decision.

 

NEVADA

Assisted Suicide:

March 20, 2019 – The Nevada Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed a bill, 3-2, which would allow for assisted suicide. The bill now moves to the Senate Floor for consideration.

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Prenatal Pain Protection Act:

March 26, 2019 – US District Court William Osteen has declared unconstitutional a North Carolina law that prohibits abortion after 20 weeks gestation. This law has been on the books since 1973, and was slightly amended in 2015 to include an exception of a woman’s life or major bodily function. The North Carolina Attorney General’s office is reviewing the decision and is considering an appeal.

 

NORTH DAKOTA

Abortion Pill Reversal Information:

January 28, 2019 – The North Dakota House passed the bill, 73-16. The bill mandates that abortion providers tell women who are having a medical abortion that the abortion can be reversed. The bill now moves to the North Dakota Senate for consideration.

 

Dismemberment Abortion Ban:

January 31, 2019 – The North Dakota House passed, 78-13, HB 1546 which would prohibit the practice of dismembering a living unborn child. The bill now moves to the South Dakota Senate for consideration.

 

OHIO

Defunding Planned Parenthood:

March 12, 2019 – The Sixth Court of Appeals has allowed Governor Mike DeWine to enforce a law that would allow the defunding of the abortion giant. The law was based upon several videos showing Planned Parenthood violating  the law trafficking fetal body parts.

 

Dismemberment Abortion Ban:

February 15, 2019 – Planned Parenthood has filed suit to block the enforcement of Ohio’s Dismemberment Abortion Ban which was set to take effect on March 22, 2019. The law, if allowed to go into effect, it would prohibit the practice of an abortionist dismembering a living unborn child.

 

March 22, 2019 – US District Judge Michael Barret has issued a temporary injunction blocking enforcement of the law.

 

Fetal Heartbeat Bill:

March 12, 2019 – The Senate Health Committee passed SB 23 which would prohibit an abortion of an unborn child when a fetal heartbeat is detected. The bill now moves to the Senate Floor for consideration.

 

March 13, 2019 – The Ohio Senate passed SB 23. The bill now moves to the House for consideration.

 

Humane Fetal Disposition:

March 27, 2019 – SB 27 passed the Ohio Senate, 24-7. The bill mandates that the remains of unborn children destroyed by abortion must be either humanely buried or cremated. The bill now moves to the House for consideration.

 

OKLAHOMA

Abortion Pill Reversal:

March 26, 2019 – The Oklahoma House passed SB 614 which would mandate that an abortionist inform women of the possibility of reversing a medical abortion. The bill now goes to the House Floor for consideration.

 

No Constitutional Right to Abortion:

March 14, 2019 – The Oklahoma Senate passed SB 195. The bill if passed would amend the state constitution recognizing no right to abortion. The bill now moves to the House for consideration.

 

Personhood Act (Trigger Ban):

February 25, 2019 – The Oklahoma Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed SB 195, 11-4. The bill, if signed into law, would become effective immediately when the Roe v. Wade decision is overturned thereby making abortion illegal in the state of Oklahoma. The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

 

Sex Selection Abortion:

February 19, 2019 – HB 1182 has passed out of the House Public Health Committee, 6-4. The bill would prohibit abortion because of the sex of the unborn child. The bill now moves the House Floor for consideration.

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Public Funded Abortion:

January 16, 2019 – Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit in federal court to reverse a state law that prohibits the use of Medicaid funding of elective abortions. This law was originally challenged in the state courts, but the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in 1985 that the law was constitutional.

RHODE ISLAND

Abortion Legal Until Birth:

March 5, 2019 – The House Judiciary Committee approved the “Reproductive Privacy Act”, 9-7. The bill, if enacted, would allow for abortion up until birth. The bill moves to the House Floor for consideration.

 

March 7, 2019 – The Rhode Island House passed the “Reproductive Privacy Act”, 44-30. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

Abortion Reporting:

March 20, 2019 – HR 1190 was signed into law by Governor Kristi Noem. The law would require that abortionists report the number of women who listen to the fetal heartbeat and those who do not.

 

Do Not Resuscitate Orders for Minors:

March 20, 2019 – HR 1155 was signed by Governor Kristi Noem. The law mandates that a hospital obtain parental agreement before a DNR is placed upon a minor child.

 

Illegal Abortion:

March 20, 2019 – HR 1193 was signed by Governor Kristi Noem. The law would prohibit an

abortion against the pregnant mother’s will.

 

Informed Consent:

January 29, 2019 – SB 72 passed the South Dakota Senate. The bill would mandate that abortionist give information from the state Department of Health to women wanting an abortion. The information would include fetal development information, alternatives, and risks associated with abortion. The bill now moves to the South Dakota House for consideration.

 

March 20, 2019 – SB 72 was signed into law by Governor Kristi Noem.

 

Sonogram Viewing:

March 20, 2019 – HR 1117 was signed by Gov. Kristi Noem. The bill would require an abortionist to give the pregnant mother an opportunity to view the sonogram prior to the abortion.

 

TENNESSEE

Fetal Heartbeat Bill:

February 25, 2019 – HB 77 was passed by the House Health Committee, 15-4. The bill would prohibit an abortion of unborn child when a fetal heartbeat is detected. The bill now moves to the House Floor for consideration.

 

March 7, 2019 – The Tennessee House passed HB 77. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

 

TEXAS

Alternatives to Abortion Information Act (informed consent):

March 27, 2019 – The Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed SB 24. This bill mandates that abortionists physically hand over a copy to the patient information regarding alternatives to abortion. The bill now moves to the Senate Floor for consideration.

 

Born Alive Infants Protection Act:

March 27, 2019 – The Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed SB 23. The bill mandates that when a child is born from an attempted or unsuccessful abortion that a doctor-patient relationship is established with the abortionist and that the abortionist must provide reasonable medical care to the infant that is consistent with the degree of care for a child of that gestational age. The bill now moves to the Senate Floor for consideration.

 

Prohibition on Counties/Cities Contracting with Abortion Providers:

March 18, 2019 – The Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed, 7-0, SB 22. The bill prohibits cities and counties from contracting, leasing, or donating to abortion providers. The bill now heads to the Senate Floor for consideration.

 

April 1, 2019 – The Texas Senate passed SB 22, 20-11. The bill now heads to the House for consideration.

 

Public Funded Abortion:

January 17, 2019 – The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Texas may enforce its law that prohibits Medicaid dollars from going to Planned Parenthood. This will defund Planned Parenthood of approximately $3.1 million in public funds.

 

 

UTAH

Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Abortion Act:

February 6, 2019 – The Utah House Judiciary Committee passed HB 166, 9-3. This bill would codify the prohibition of abortion on those unborn children who are diagnosed with Down Syndrome. The bill now moves to the House Floor for consideration.

 

February 28, 2019 – The Utah Senate gave final approval to HB 166. It must go to the House for them to concur on Senate changes.

 

March 13, 2019 – HB 166 was given final approval by the House. The bill was amended to include rape, incest, and fetal abnormality exceptions. The bill now moves to Governor Gary Herbert for either his signature or veto.

 

March 23, 2019 – HB 166 was signed into law by Governor Herbert.

 

Prenatal Pain Protection Act:

February 20, 2019 – The Utah House Judiciary Committee passed HB 136, 7-5. The bill would prohibit abortions after 18 weeks gestation. The bill now moves to the full House for consideration.

 

February 26, 2019 –The Utah house passed HB 136, 57-15. It now moves to the Senate for consideration.

 

March 7, 2019 – The Senate Judiciary Committee passed HB 136, 5-2. It now moves to the Senate Floor for consideration.

 

March 25, 2019 – Governor Gary Herbert signed HB 136.

 

VERMONT

Abortion Legal Until Birth:

February 7, 2019 – The Vermont House Human Services Committee passed HB 57, 8-3. The bill would recognize abortion as a “fundamental human right” and would allow abortion until birth. It now moves to the Judiciary Committee for consideration.

 

February 18, 2019 – The Vermont House Judiciary Committee passed HB 57, 9-2. The bill now moves to the House Floor for consideration.

 

February 21, 2019 – HB 57 was passed, 106-36. The bill now moves to the Vermont Senate for consideration.

 

VIRGINIA

Equal Rights Amendment to US Constitution:

January 15, 2019 – The Virginia Senate voted in favor of the ERA amendment. This amendment if ratified by the Virginia House could potentially strike down every pro-life law in the US. Currently 37 states have ratified it (38 are needed in total for a proposed amendment to become a part of the US Constitution. However, the original deadline of 1982 for all 38 states to has long since passed making it problematic for it to become a part of the US Constitution).

 

IVF Embryos as Property/Gestational Contract:

February 5, 2019 – The Virginia House passed HB 1979. This bill codifies that human embryonic children created through in vitro fertilization would be considered property. The bill would also codify gestational contracts. The bill now moves to the Virginia Senate for consideration.

 

February 18, 2019 – HB 1979 has passed the Virginia Senate. It now moves to the House again for it to be concurred upon since it was slightly amended in the Senate.

              

February 20, 2019 – HB 1979 has passed the House again. The bill now heads to Governor Ralph Northam’s desk for either his signature or veto.

 

March 14, 2019 – HB 1979 was signed into law. It becomes effective July 1, 2019.

 

WISCONSIN

Physician Only Abortion:

January 16, 2019 – Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin filed suit in US District Court to strike down Wisconsin’s requirement that only physicians perform an abortion.

 

WYOMING

Abortion Reporting Requirements:

February 25, 2019 – HB 103 passed the Wyoming Senate, 20-9. The bill would require abortionists to report demographic information to the State. The bill now moves to Governor Gordon’s desk for either his signature or veto.

 

Unborn Victims of Violence:

February 4, 2019 – SB 128 was defeated in a floor vote, 18-11. The bill would have recognized unborn children as separate victims than their mothers. Opponents of the bill cited current state law that mandates enhanced penalties for the death of a pregnant mother.

 

Waiting Period:

January 22, 2019 – A bill mandating a 48 hour waiting period prior to an abortion passed the Wyoming House Judiciary Committee, 6-3. The bill will now be considered by the full House.