Wyoming Legislature revisits vetoed ‘Born Alive’ bill

WYOMING — The 66th Wyoming Legislature will revisit a bill that was vetoed by Governor Mark Gordon in 2020. 

Bill SF0034 would amend the current law, 35-6-104 “Means of treatment for a viable abortion.” The law currently reads, “The commonly accepted means of care shall be employed in the treatment of any viable infant aborted alive with any chance of survival.” 

The Bill, entitled, SF0034 “Born alive infant- means of care” would amend 35-06-104, striking out the language, “with any chance of survival” and would add “Any physician performing an abortion shall take medically appropriate and reasonable steps to preserve the life and health of an infant born alive.”

In March of 2020, the Wyoming legislature passed this same amendment to 35-06-104, but Governor Mark Gordon vetoed the bill. 

He released a statement explaining his decision that said,  “Laws already in place protect children from being denied life-saving care simply because they were born as a result of an abortion. This bill will not do anything to improve on those laws which already exist. Instead, this bill will harm people it never intended to harm – parents who want a child, but have received the devastating news that their pregnancy is not viable. The State should not seek to make that moment for parents any more tragic than it already is. For this reason, I am vetoing this bill.”

 Governor Gordon ran on an anti-abortion platform and maintains that he is “pro-life.”

Currently, women in Wyoming can not receive an abortion past viability. Viability is defined in Wyoming, as “the stage of human development when the embryo or fetus is able to live by natural or life-supportive systems outside the womb of the mother according to appropriate medical judgment.”    

Wyoming law currently states, “An abortion shall not be performed after the embryo or fetus has reached viability except when necessary to preserve the woman from an imminent peril that substantially endangers her life or health, according to appropriate medical judgment.”

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.

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