Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has signed a bill banning abortion pills in the state and allowed a separate measure restricting abortion to become law without his signature. The issue of access to abortion pills has taken center stage this week in a Texas court where a federal judge raised questions about a Christian group’s efforts to overturn the US’s approval of a leading abortion drug, mifepristone.
Medication abortions were already the preferred method for terminating pregnancies in the US even before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade. A two-pill combination of mifepristone and another drug is the most common form of abortion in the US. Currently, the pills are already banned in 13 states with blanket bans on all forms of abortion, and 15 states have limited access to abortion pills.
Wyoming’s ban on abortion pills will take effect in July, but legal challenges may delay it. On the other hand, the implementation date of the sweeping legislation banning all abortions that Gordon allowed to become law is not specified in the bill.
In a statement, Governor Gordon expressed concern that the latter law, called the Life is a Human Right Act, could result in a lawsuit that would delay the resolution to the constitutionality of the abortion ban in Wyoming. He believes that this issue should be resolved as soon as possible through a vote of the people.
This decision has significant implications and raises questions about the future of abortion access in the state. Stay informed about the issue and its developments.