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Senate begins debating chemical abortion ban

Senator Tim Salazar
Bob Beck
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Wyoming Public Media
Riverton Sen. Tim Salazar discusses his anti-abortion bill

A bill that would ban chemical abortions from occurring in the state received initial support by the Wyoming Senate. Riverton Sen. Tim Salazar said it’s about saving a human life and it’s an issue the pro-life community wants heard and voted on.

Minority Floor Leader Chris Rothfuss said it’s a deeply personal issue on both sides and objects to the Wyoming Senate taking away an existing right.

“We’d be passing a law that is known to be unconstitutional and is known to restrict the rights and freedoms and liberties of right around half of the state of Wyoming. In a way that is contentious, disconcerting and causes a great deal of turmoil,” said Rothfuss.

Cheyenne Sen. Affie Ellis said she worried that the legislation could lead to unintended consequences since the drugs being banned for abortion have other uses, but Salazar noted that the only thing they can’t be used for is abortions. The bill will be debated two more times.

Bob Beck has been News Director of Wyoming Public Radio since 1988. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.
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