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Senate Approves Abortion Reporting Bill

Bob Beck

The Wyoming Senate has passed a bill that would allow the Board of Medicine to sanction doctors who don't tell the state that they performed an abortion. Supporters say they are trying to put teeth into a law that currently exists.

Ranchester Senator Bo Biteman said that the two doctors who perform abortions in the state have said that they refuse to report abortions. Casper Senator Charles Scott said the bill is simply attempting to provide information to the state, but during floor debate, Laramie Senator Chris Rothfuss questioned whether the information is the state's business.

"And if we don't get into this business on all medical procedures, then Mr. President I would suggest we are just picking this particular procedure to get involved and to provide significant punishment for non-compliance because of the issues that surround this medical procedure," said Rothfuss.

Lander Senator Cale Case said it will just force women to get their abortions out of state.

Bob Beck retired from Wyoming Public Media after serving as News Director of Wyoming Public Radio for 34 years. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.

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