from Denise Burke, Vice President of Legal Affairs
Americans United for Life
For the first time in 28 years, Wyoming has enacted new pro-life laws defending our most vulnerable. Americans United for Life partnered with pro-life leaders in Wyoming to pass two new laws ensuring the protection of life.
The first law states that doctors who perform abortions must let a mother know that she may see an ultrasound if she wishes. Women should always have the choice to look at ultrasound images. Withholding those images denies women important information that impacts their abortion decisions and an experience they can never recapture.
The second law prohibits the exploitation of and experimentation on tissue from aborted unborn infants. It has been well-documented that the bodies of unborn infants have been sold as “parts” for scientific research. A humane society does not dispose of unborn infants as trash or spare parts. Wyoming has realized another victory against this unthinkable practice.
AUL is proud to have played a role in the passage of these laws and thanks Governor Matt Mead and the pro-life legislators in Wyoming who ushered in the first pro-life victories for their state in decades.
Legal and policy issues on which we work nationally and internationally include:
- Abortion–preventing the passage and implementation of laws permitting or expanding abortion, and pursuing regulations that are protective of the unborn.
- Legal recognition and protection for the unborn (in contexts outside of abortion) such as unborn victims of violence protections and wrongful death causes of action.
- Bioethics and biotechnologies including human cloning, destructive embryo research, and medically-appropriate regulation of assisted reproductive technologies.
- End-of-life issues such as euthanasia, assisted suicide, pain management, and palliative care.
- Health care freedom of conscience