WPR News
8:59 am
Wed February 21, 2007

Controversial Measure Approved by the House

Cheyenne, WY – A controversial measure that supporters say is intended to protect women barely won initial approval in the Wyoming House. The bill, called Homicide During Pregnancy, would impose additional prison time on a person convicted of killing a pregnant woman and her fetus. In supporting the measure, Casper Representative Bob Brechtel argued that the fetus also deserves protection.
Opponents see the measure as a way to get terms like "fetus" and "unborn child" into Wyoming law, which they say could lead to the outlawing of abortion. The bill will be debated two more times.