March 18, 2023 at 19:33
CNN —As the fight over abortion pills heats up nationally, Wyoming on Friday prohibited the medication in what NARAL Pro-Choice America called a “first of its kind” law, and also enacted a near-total ban on abortion.
Medication abortions are already included in the overall abortion bans in a number of states.
Some states have restricted telehealth abortion care, limiting access to medication abortion.
In 2020, medication abortions accounted for more than half of US abortions, according to the Guttmacher Institute, another abortion rights advocacy group.
Legal fights over abortion have been raging across the country since last year when the US Supreme Court threw out Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision guaranteeing abortion rights.
“Already, 17 states and counting are enforcing bans on abortion since” the ruling, NARAL said.
Gavin Newsom said the state will stop working with Walgreens, the retail drugstore chain that announced it would not dispense abortion pills in 21 Republican-dominated states.
In Wyoming, ‘Life is a Human Right Act’ becomes lawWyoming’s governor allowed a second anti-abortion bill to become law without his signature.
The more sweeping law bans abortion under most circumstances, with penalties of up to five years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
“Instead of being health care, abortion is the intentional termination of the life of an unborn baby.”The legislation takes effect Sunday.
Gordon “expressed concern this new law (HB 152) will only result in a new lawsuit, which will delay any resolution to the constitutionality of the abortion ban in Wyoming,” according to a statement from his office.
“A person’s health, not politics, should guide important medical decisions – including the decision to have an abortion,” said Antonio Serrano, ACLU of Wyoming advocacy director, in a statement.