(TheRedAlertNews.com) – In a move that has cheered the pro-life movement and angered pro-abortion forces, Wyoming’s governor signed a law this weekend that outlaws abortion medications.
Specifically, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon approved a bill on Friday night that bans abortion pills within the state while permitting another piece of legislation restricting abortion to become law without his signature.
In a statement, Gordon expressed his apprehension that the second law, known as the Life is a Human Right Act, might lead to a lawsuit, which would “delay any resolution to the constitutionality of the abortion ban in Wyoming.”
He highlighted that earlier in the day, plaintiffs involved in an ongoing lawsuit had submitted a challenge to the new law if he did not veto it.
“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,” said Gordon, a Republican, in a statement.
The decision of the Wyoming governor regarding abortion pills follows their prominence in Texas this week, where a federal judge questioned a Christian group’s attempt to reverse the longstanding U.S. approval of mifepristone, a major abortion drug.
Antonio Serrano, Wyoming ACLU advocacy director, criticized the governor’s decision to sign the law in a statement, saying, “A person’s health, not politics, should guide important medical decisions — including the decision to have an abortion.”
A combination of mifepristone and another drug represents the most prevalent form of abortion in the U.S.
Even before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, medication abortions had become the preferred method for terminating pregnancies in the country. The ruling had safeguarded the right to abortion for almost five decades.
Fifteen states have already restricted access to abortion pills, with six requiring an in-person doctor’s appointment. These laws could endure legal challenges since states have long held authority over the practice of medicine by physicians, pharmacists, and other providers.
States also regulate telemedicine consultations for prescribing medications. Generally, health providers in states with abortion pill restrictions could face penalties for attempting to mail the pills, such as fines or license suspensions.
It is anticipated that the trend of women crossing state lines to access abortion pills more easily will continue to grow.
Since the overturning of Roe last June, abortion restrictions have been determined by individual states, causing the landscape to change rapidly. Thirteen states now enforce bans on abortion at any stage of pregnancy, while Georgia prohibits it once cardiac activity is detected or around six weeks gestation.
Court rulings have halted the enforcement of abortion bans or significant restrictions in Arizona, Indiana, Montana, Ohio, South Carolina, Utah, and Wyoming. Idaho courts have compelled the state to permit abortions during medical emergencies.
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