Bill would further punish murder of pregnant woman

Cheyenne, WY – Some Wyoming lawmakers want to increase the penalty for anyone who intentionally kills a pregnant woman.

The new bill is slightly different from a bill that passed both houses of the Wyoming Legislature two years ago that was vetoed by Gov. Dave Freudenthal.

The 2007 bill would have allowed two counts of homicide to be filed against someone who killed a pregnant woman and her fetus. Freudenthal vetoed the bill saying that it would needlessly get the state embroiled in the national debate over abortion.

This year's bill would only increase the penalty for killing a pregnant woman, and not impose an extra penalty for killing the fetus.