Wyoming Republican Lawmakers Demonstrate Commitment to Preserving the Value of Life with ‘Precious Feet Fridays’


February 2, 2021
Contact: Representative Mark Baker (HD60)
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Wyoming Republican Lawmakers Demonstrate Commitment to Preserving the Value of Life with ‘Precious Feet Fridays’
(Cheyenne, WY) — On the heels of National Sanctity of Human Life Day, a group of Wyoming Republican lawmakers resumed Precious Feet Fridays, a weekly show of support for the right to life of every unborn child.
“There is no greater calling than to uphold the precious value of human life,” said Representative John Bear (HD31). “The Wyoming Constitution expressly states, ‘In their inherent right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, all members of the human race are equal.’ We believe those innate rights begin at conception and, accordingly, that we have a responsibility to defend the sanctity of life, beginning in the womb.”
Members participating in Precious Feet Fridays will demonstrate their commitment to upholding the value of every human life by wearing lapel pins identical in size and shape to the feet of a ten-week-old unborn baby each Friday during the 66th Wyoming Legislative Session. Wyoming Right to Life will provide pins to lawmakers and guest to the State Capitol who share this pro-life message.  
“These pins are a reminder that every person is fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image,” said Representative Pepper Ottman (HD34). “There is no such thing as an ‘unwanted child,’ and we uphold the value of all human life by upholding the value of an unborn child.” 
“Life begins at conception. So too should the personal rights and protections that are enumerated in the Wyoming and U.S. Constitutions,” said Representative Rachel Rodriguez-Williams (HD50), who introduced House Bill 70, Informed Consent, at the start of the Legislative Session. “Every woman considering the difficult decision of an abortion should have full information to protect against an uninformed decision, which is what House Bill 70 seeks to do.”
HB 70 would require doctors in Wyoming to offer women seeking an abortion to view an ultrasound and listen to the child’s heartbeat. The legislation would also require doctors to inform the patient with information on the procedure, provide information about resources available and explain the potential impacts on the mother’s mental health.
Precious Feet Friday was first started in the Wyoming Legislature in 2017 and is continued on by members committed to protecting the right to life across the Cowboy State. More than 862,000 pregnancies were terminated in abortion nationally in 2017 (the most recent data), representing about 18 percent of all pregnancies. There are 10 pregnancy resources centers across Wyoming that provide support for women and couples.
“I am reminded of the words of Thomas Jefferson: ‘The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only object of good government,’” said Senator Lynn Hutchings (SD05).
“More than 62 million lives of unborn children have been terminated since the historic Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973,” said Senator Anthony Bouchard (SD06). “Scripture reminds us that each of us, and every child, is created in God’s image. We will work in the Legislature to defend the God-given value of every life.”
“Wyoming has long been a place that champions the inalienable rights and liberties of all people, including the unborn,” said Representative Chip Neiman (HD01), who cosponsored HB 70. “Our state benefits when we take up the charge to defend the value of every life, no matter how old. Precious Feet Friday is a small way to show that commitment.”
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