Lawsuit seeks to block Wyoming abortion pill ban
The abortion pill ban and the blanket ban conflict and create confusion about what is and isn’t allowed under the new laws, according to the lawsuit. If allowed to go into effect, “the basic rights of Wyoming women and their families will be taken away by the state government and those rights will cease to exist,” the amended lawsuit said.
Wyoming’s two new abortion bans provide exceptions for saving a pregnant woman’s life and for cases of rape or incest reported to police.
Until Gordon signed the ban on medical abortions, no state had passed a law specifically banning these pills, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights. However, abortion pills were already banned in 13 other states with blanket abortion bans, and 15 states already had limited access to the pills.
Medical abortions are also the target of a separate lawsuit in Texas, where abortion opponents asked a federal judge to overturn the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of mifepristone in 2000. A combination of two mifepristone pills and another drug is the most common form of abortion in the United States
Wyoming has only one abortion provider, a women’s health clinic in Jackson that only offers medical abortions, but canceled appointments after the blanket ban took effect this week. of State. Teton County District Court Judge Melissa Owens is scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday to determine whether to block the new ban while the legal challenge over it progresses.