Welcome to Wyoming 2023, aka The Handmaid’s Tale…
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon signed a bill Friday night prohibiting abortion pills in the state also allowing a separate measure restricting abortion to become law without his signature.
In a statement, Gordon expressed concern that the latter law, dubbed the Life is a Human Right Act would result in a lawsuit that will
delay any resolution to the constitutionality of the abortion ban in Wyoming.
I believe this question needs to be decided as soon as possible so that the issue of abortion in Wyoming can be finally resolved, and that is best done with a vote of the people.”
Under the new law abortion providers could serve six months in prison.
Medication abortions became the preferred method for ending pregnancy in the U.S. even before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
Women have already been traveling across state lines to places where abortion pill access is easier. That trend is expected to increase.
- 15 states already have limited access to abortion pills
- 6 states require an in-person physician visit for the pill
- 13 states are now enforcing bans on abortion at any point in pregnancy
- Georgia, bans abortion once cardiac activity can be detected, at about 6 weeks’ gestation
Wyoming’s ban on abortion pills would take effect in July, pending any legal action that could potentially delay that.
Breaking News: Wyoming has become the first U.S. state to ban abortion pills, adding momentum to an effort by conservative states to target medication abortion.https://t.co/i6uguRAORu— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 18, 2023
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