A bill that would completely prohibit abortion pills in the state of Wyoming has passed the Senate and now heads to the House for consideration. Senate File 83 prohibits anyone in the state from manufacturing, selling, prescribing, distributing, or using the abortion pill. According to Wyoming Tribune Eagle, the bill comes with a maximum penalty of six months in prison along with a fine of $9,000 for anyone who violates the legislation. The bill passed with a 20-9 vote.
“I believe that abortion is the taking of human life,” Senator Tim Salazar, the bill’s sponsor, said. “I believe that there is life in that womb at the moment of conception.”
The abortion pill is actually a two-step process that involves taking two different drugs over a period of several days. The woman first takes mifepristone, which blocks progesterone and cuts off nutrients to the baby. The second drug, misoprostol, causes contractions to expel the baby from the mother’s uterus. The pill comes with a significant number of risks, including hemorrhage, missed ectopic pregnancy, incomplete abortion, infection, and death. According to the Casper Star-Tribune, the abortion pill accounts for the vast majority of abortions in Wyoming. A recent preliminary report from the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute also noted that the abortion pill accounted for the majority of all U.S. abortions in 2020.
While the bill’s main purpose is to prohibit the use of the dangerous abortion pill — and ultimately save lives — there were several Republican senators who voted against it. Senator Drew Perkins says he himself is pro-life, but he opposes this bill. “This is really an inch from oral contraceptives,” Perkins claimed, according to the Laramie Boomerang. “When you start to reach in that far, that is just too much government.”
This sort of “personally pro-life” view is one that is commonly touted by pro-lifers who don’t want to impose their beliefs on others, but it is deeply flawed. Limiting abortions in any way is not government overreach — it’s providing necessary protections for society’s most innocent and vulnerable, preborn human beings.
In response to that kind of argument, Salazar said that he can’t be “half pro-life.”
“Either I believe it is a life, or it is not a life, and once I answer that question for me, all the other questions were answered,” he said.
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