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Fri February 6, 2009
Wyoming Legislative Committee Votes Down Abortion Bill
Laramie, WY – A bill that would change abortion
reporting requirements in Wyoming failed to get out of a legislative committee.
The House Labor committee voted Friday against the bill that would have required doctors who perform abortions to submit more detailed information to the state.
Some committee members say they agree with supporters that current reporting guidelines are outdated. But they say they don't have time to fix a flawed bill.
The bill would have required doctors to provide information about a patient's age and county of residence.
Opponents argue the proposed requirement would erode the privacy of patients, particularly in small towns.
Earlier this week, the committee defeated a separate proposal that would have required doctors to offer abortion patients the chance to view an ultrasound image of their fetus.