Committee Debates Abortion Bill

Cheyenne, WY – The House Judiciary Committee heard heated public testimony on an abortion bill that would change the state's pre-abortion procedures. The measure would require Wyoming doctors who perform abortions to tell their patients about alternatives to abortion. The doctors would also have to inform women of potential risks and side effects. Numerous doctors, women who've had abortions, and family planning representatives testified for and against the bill. Several people say the bill includes inaccurate medical information. They're particularly concerned about references in the legislation that link abortion to breast cancer. Others who've had abortions say the bill is necessary because right now women do not receive enough information prior to choosing the procedure.