In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a cataclysmic decision that has caused the deaths of an estimated 63,459,781 babies across our country. At the time it happened, The New York Times declared that “a historic resolution of a fiercely controversial issue” had been reached. History has demonstrated that Roe v. Wade brought anything but resolution.
As ultrasounds became widespread in mainstream culture, they demonstrated what Christian Scriptures and the laws of nature made apparent – babies in the womb are babies.
An increasing outcry in American culture began to grow in the decade that followed Roe v. Wade. In 1976, with the passage of the Hyde Amendment, federal money was prohibited from being used to fund abortions. At the state level, more and more people began to see the importance of standing for the most vulnerable young Americans.
Over the years, as awareness was raised on the issue, people began to pass laws that did not contradict Roe v. Wade, yet restricted it in individual states. In 2005, 34 laws were passed across the nation, limiting abortion. That number more than doubled in 2011. Over the past three years, many states began passing “fetal heartbeat” legislation, ensuring that no abortions would take place if a heartbeat could be detected.
In recent years, many states began to work on “trigger bills” that would take effect if Roe v. Wade was overturned to any extent. While some of those states began their work with the hope that Roe v. Wade would be challenged, they had to act purely on hope. As of December 2021, such a challenge has been made in the Supreme Court. This means that states now truly have a chance to stop the terrible death toll of innocent babies.
That all leads to this week, when Wyoming made one of the most potentially consequential decisions to protect human life our state has seen. Governor Gordon signed a bill that was the hard work of a team of state legislators who worked for months. This new law will – when the Supreme Court overturns Roe, which could happen in June – largely return Wyoming to pre-1973 laws that made abortion illegal.
Rep. Rachel Rodriguez-Williams and Senator Lynn Hutchings worked hard to carry this legislation forward as the prime sponsors, but an amazing team of pro-life legislators spoke and worked to make sure the bill passed. Months before the session started, Rep. Chip Neiman began to study and plan for potential pitfalls.
Groups such as Americans United for Life and Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming worked to support and help through the process. Very importantly, thousands of you sent emails and called your legislators to help them see the value of standing for life.
There is still more to come, the struggle isn’t over, but a major victory has been won in Wyoming!
Here at Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming, we will always stand for a state where God is Honored, Religious Freedom Flourishes, Families Thrive, and Life is Cherished.
Thank you for standing with us!