By Bob Beck
Cheyenne, Wyo. – A Wyoming legislative committee changed and then passed a bill that would require a mandatory minimum sentence if a pregnant woman is killed. The original bill created an added penalty if a fetus dies along with the woman carrying it. The amended bill sets mandatory minimum sentences in second degree murder, manslaughter and drug-induced homicide cases if a pregnant woman is killed.
This is a personal matter for Kemmerer Representative Kathy Davison. "My daughter was murdered in October by her husband and she was pregnant," she said. "And there is no penalty to recognize that pregnancy. I just feel that it is very important that if a woman is murdered pregnant that it is recognized that it was another life."
Davison says that pregnant women are targets of domestic violence, and she hopes this measure will offer greater protection. The bill now heads to the House floor.