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House Passes Anti-Abortion Bills

Wyoming Legislature

The Wyoming House of Representatives voted to send two bills dealing with abortion to the Senate.

One bill would outlaw abortions performed for discriminatory reasons, like the fetus having a disability or its race or gender.

The other would not allow state or federal funds to go towards student insurance plans at any public Wyoming university or community college that cover an abortion procedure. And it would not allow state funds given to the public colleges or university to go towards elective abortion procedures.

Few lawmakers have raised criticisms of the bills. But House Minority Floor Leader Cathy Connolly brought up an amendment to the first bill, saying the state is financially obligated to support the child once born and until it reaches adulthood. That amendment failed.

The bills will now move onto the Senate for consideration.

Have a question about this story? Contact the reporter, Catherine Wheeler, at cwheel11@uwyo.edu.

Catherine Wheeler comes to Wyoming from Kansas City, Missouri. She has worked at public media stations in Missouri and on the Vox podcast "Today, Explained." Catherine graduated from Fort Lewis College with a BA in English. She recently received her master in journalism from the University of Missouri. Catherine enjoys cooking, looming, reading and the outdoors.
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