The GOP War on Women in Wyoming
The legislators saying “it just came to them” are most likely lying. These heartbeat bills are popping up in every state with pretty much the same suggested verbiage, and they come from the usual suspect anti-abortion lobbies that have managed to get so many bills passed across the country. (Last year we had a bumper crop of these bad bills passing - this is what you get when you give the GOP a majority )
A pair of bills before the Wyoming Legislature fixate on the heartbeat of the embryo or fetus before an abortion.
House Bill 97 would prohibit abortions if an embryo or fetus heartbeat is detected.
Senate File 88 would provide pregnant women the opportunity listen to the fetus’ heartbeat before an abortion, among other things.
Abortion rights advocates oppose the bills.
Rep. Kendell Kroeker, R-Evansville, a sponsor of HB97, said that detecting heartbeats is a unique way to look at life.
“It became clear that if a baby had a heartbeat, that seemed simple to me that it’s wrong to kill it,” he said.
The bill substitutes two words in current state law with four words. Current law says abortions are prohibited after the embryo or fetus has “reached viability.” The proposed law removes “reached viability” and adds “a detectable fetal heartbeat.”
The bill defines a “legal heart beat” as “cardiac activity or steady and repetitive rhythmic contraction of the fetal heart within the gestational sac that is detectable using standard medical equipment.”
Kroeker said that the idea for the bill just came to him, but it’s possible that he heard about it in the news.
Last year, Ohio had a similar measure. Anti-abortion groups told The Associated Press that that they want all 50 states to require pregnant women to see and hear a heartbeat before an abortion