Wyoming becomes first U.S. state to ban abortion pills

Wyoming becomes first U.S. state to ban abortion pills

The state’s governor has announced that he will allow another measure, the so-called ‘Life is a Human Right’ Act, to go forward.

The state of Wyoming has become the first in the United States to ban abortion pills amid a growing conservative push to repeal abortion rights in the country that began when the Supreme Court in June 2022 overturned legal precedent allowing termination of pregnancy since 1973.

After both houses of the state Congress ratified the ban on abortion pills that allow termination of pregnancy up to 70 days after the last period, Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon on Friday ratified the bill, ‘Wyo File’ has reported.

“As I noted, I have a strong record of protecting the lives of the unborn, as well as their mothers (…) I believe that all life is sacred and that all people, including the unborn, should be treated with dignity and compassion,” Gordon said in a letter defending the measure to Wyoming Secretary of State Chuck Gray.

Although there are states in the United States that have almost total bans on abortion — and which already prohibit these types of pills — Wyoming has been the first to carry out an explicit regulation of these drugs.

In this regard, the governor of the state has announced that he will allow another measure to go forward, the so-called ‘Life is a Human Right’ Act, which proposes to prohibit abortion under almost any circumstances and which would make it a felony to terminate a pregnancy.

Wyoming’s abortion drug restriction comes as a Texas judge awaits a preliminary ruling that could order the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to withdraw its approval of mifepristone, one of the most commonly used pregnancy termination pills, according to ‘The New York Times’.

If the ruling were to go forward, it would affect states across the country, including those where abortion is legal, as well as states with bans and restrictions.

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