Legislative Update

Legislative Update

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming legislative committee is recommending a bill that would require doctors to inform women seeking an abortion that they could view an ultrasound image of the fetus. The House Labor, Health and Social Services Committee voted 7-to-2 on Friday to approve a bill sponsored by Casper Republican
Representative Bob Brechtel and others. The bill now goes to the full House for debate.

The bill would require doctors or their assistants to inform women at least 24 hours before an abortion procedure that they have a right to see an ultrasound image of their fetus and hear any audible heartbeat. Supporters say they believe the bill would help women make an informed choice. Opponents say it would interfere with the doctor-patient relationship.

Two measures that specify Wyoming wouldn't recognize same-sex marriages in other states are moving through the Legislature. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday voted 3-2 to recommend approval of a bill sponsored by Torrington Republican Senator Curt Meier. He proposes to allow voters to decide whether to amend the state Constitution to exclude recognition of same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

The House on Friday for the second time approved a bill sponsored by Mountain View Republican Representative Owen Petersen. His bill would change state law to specify the state won't recognize same-sex marriages. Supporters say state law needs to be clarified. But critics say the bills would discriminate against gays and lesbians.

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