Wyoming: Wyoming becomes first US state to outlaw abortion pills

HO CHI MINH CITY: Wyoming on Friday became the first US state to ban the use of the abortion pill, the latest assault in a conservative-led campaign of states to restrict access to abortion.
After signing the ban on abortion pills, the governor of Wyoming Mark Gordon urged lawmakers to take further action by proposing to add an outright ban on abortion to the state constitution and then put it before voters for approval.
“I believe this question needs to be decided as soon as possible so that the abortion issue in Wyoming can be finally resolved, and that is best done with a vote of the people,” the governor said. Republicans said in a statement.
Wyoming’s action comes amid a flurry of activism across the country by anti-abortion groups seeking to win an outright ban on abortion after a milestone. Supreme Court rule last year.
Also looming is a ruling in a federal courtroom in Texas, where a judge is expected to immediately decide on a possible nationwide ban on the widely used abortion pill.
The pill, mifepristone, was approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration more than a decade ago and has been legally available for many years.
Texas judge Matthew Kacsmaryk abortion pills can be ordered nationwide.
Texas lawmakers are also considering a proposal to not only ban the abortion pill but also require internet service providers in the state to block access to websites that sell abortion pills in the mail.
Gordon, the governor of Wyoming, said he would not back down in the fight against abortion.
“I believe that all life is sacred and that every individual, including unborn children, should be treated with dignity and compassion.” Gordon said in a letter Friday night to the secretary of state.
Since the U.S. Supreme Court last year overturned a 1973 ruling that made abortion a constitutional right, anti-abortion activists have sought ways to implement a nationwide ban.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research group, about 15 states have restricted the use of mifepristone by requiring doctors to provide it.


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