Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Legislation Falls in Senate
A bill that would have required physicians to offer ultrasounds and other information to women before they performed abortions was killed in committee on Friday.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4-1 to reject Senate File 88. Sen. Larry Hicks, R-Baggs, was the only member to vote for the bill.
Sens. John Schiffer, R-Kaycee; Bruce Burns, R-Sheridan; Leland Christensen, R-Alta; and Floyd Esquibel, D-Cheyenne were opposed.
The legislation also called for women to be notified about the type of abortion method that would be used; medications that will be administered; immediate and long-term medical risks; and alternatives to abortions.
Sen. Leslie Nutting, R-Cheyenne, sponsored the bill.
She said it was not “pro-life or pro-choice.” Instead, it was “pro-women,” she said, because it would have better educated and informed them of all their choices before the procedure.