In Brief: Abortion waiting period bill approved in second reading

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A bill that would impose a 48-hour waiting period on abortions is headed for a third and final reading in Wyoming’s House. 

Representatives on Thursday voted to approve HB 140 in its second reading — meaning it will head for a third and final reading.Current law requires a physician asked to perform an abortion to offer the patient a chance to see an ultrasound of the fetus and hear an audio recording of its heartbeat. Under HB 140, the procedure could not be performed until 48 hours after that offer is made.

The bill would exempt emergency abortions needed to save the life of the mother from the waiting period.

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