The Governor Of Wyoming Passes A Measure Restricting The Use Of Abortion Pills- The state’s Republican-controlled legislature enacted a bill earlier this month that forbade the use or prescription of abortion drugs, and Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon signed it into law on Friday.
Republican Governor Gordon signed the bill as a Texas federal judge weighs ordering a countrywide ban on the abortion drug mifepristone in response to a lawsuit brought by pro-life organizations.
The two-page Wyoming bill’s main clause forbids using “any medicine for the purpose of procuring or conducting an abortion” through prescription, dispensing, distribution, sale, or usage.
Prescription contraceptives known as “morning-after” pills, which are used after intercourse but before a pregnancy can be positively identified, are excluded from the ban.
The law is to be handled as a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to nine thousand dollars in fines and six months in jail.
A woman “upon whom a chemical abortion is performed or attempted shall not be criminally prosecuted,” according to the law.
The governor declared that he was also permitting the enactment of a different state law enacted by lawmakers that forbade traditional abortions to save in cases of rape or incest. This law was passed without his signature.
If a fetal anomaly is found to be deadly, pregnancy may also be terminated under special circumstances.
Legal conflicts over abortion rights have stepped up in the United States following a Supreme Court verdict last year that overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision allowing the procedure.
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Gordon recognized that abortion rights proponents who have already challenged Wyoming’s “trigger” abortion restriction that went into force after the Roe v. Wade ruling have filed suit to block the recently passed Wyoming law preemptively.
The governor voiced worry that the new abortion ban’s passage might complicate the law and pose a fresh barrier to the court’s ability to decide the case quickly.