By Bob Beck
Cheyenne, WY – A Wyoming legislative committee changed and passed a bill that would require mandatory minimum sentences if a pregnant woman is killed. The bill originally had intended to add a penalty if the fetus was killed along with the woman. The bill now 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. 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 targeted in domestic violence situations and she hopes this offers a level of protection. The bill now heads to the house floor.