Texas is working to ensure preborn babies aren't singled out for abortion based on race, disability, or gender.
The Disabled Preborn Justice Act introduced in the Texas House (HB 1971) and Senate (SB 1427) would ban an abortion based on any one of those specific characteristics in the unborn baby.
"In Texas we protect babies from abortion after five months [of gestation]," Emily Horne of Texas Right to Life tells OneNewsNow. "... We know how painful that abortion is [to the child], how big that child is, and how inhumane it is to have an abortion after that point. But we do not extend that same protection after five months for those with disabilities – and we think that's just appalling."
The Disabled Preborn Justice Act is sponsored in the Senate by Republican Kelly Hancock (District 9) and in the House by Republican Matt Schaefer (District 6).
According to Horne, the bill goes further by attempting to protect a portion of preborn children before the 20-week mark.
"... It says you can't have an abortion for a discriminatory reason like race or gender, or anything like that," she explains further. "We call it the Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act because we are trying to extend some protections to those who might be targeted."
Texas has hospice programs available for disabled babies who continue to live after birth but with a very short life expectancy. The babies receive appropriate care and grieving families receive needed support.
Meanwhile, a little further north ...
History has been made for the pro-life movement in Wyoming. Two pro-life measures were handily passed by both houses of that state's legislature and have been signed into law by Governor Matt Meade (R).
Sheila Leach of Wyoming Right to Life tells OneNewsNow the first (H.B. 182) is one similar to laws passed in other states. "[It stipulates that] when a woman goes to a doctor seeking an abortion that she will be offered the opportunity to see her child on an ultrasound and hear the child's heartbeat if it is evident," she explains.
It's been 28 years since pro-life legislation has been passed in Wyoming. During that time, such bills either weren't assigned to a committee or were never voted out for consideration.
The second measure (H.B. 116) stems from an undercover investigation by the Center for Medical Progress in 2015 revealing the practice of some abortion companies, including Planned Parenthood, to harvest organs and tissue from aborted babies and sell them for a profit.
Under that second measure, says Leach, "it is not legal to sell any parts of aborted fetuses, cells or organs, for research or profit."
The pro-life spokesperson says now there are enough conservatives in the legislature that life issues are once again being considered.
Editor's note: Information about Wyoming pro-life laws added on 3/15/2017 after story was originally posted.