Wyoming becomes first US state to ban abortion pills

The abortion pill mifepristone, which a federal judge in Texas is considering whether to order a nationwide ban on. File pic

Wyoming’s Republican Governor Mark Gordon signed into law a bill outlawing the use of abortion pills. It comes in the wake of the US Supreme Court ruling last year overturning the landmark Roe v Wade judgment.

Those who “prescribe, dispense, distribute, sell or use any drug for the purpose of procuring or performing an abortion” will face up to six months in prison and a fine of up to $9,000 (£7,300).

However, the law adds that women “upon whom a chemical abortion is performed or attempted shall not be criminally prosecuted”.

Wyoming’s Republican Governor Mark Gordon signed the bill into law after it was approved by state legislators earlier this month.

It comes in the wake of a US Supreme Court ruling last year that overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade judgment, which granted the constitutional right of American women to have abortions.

Under Wyoming’s new law, “morning-after” pills, prescription contraceptive medication used after sex but before a pregnancy can be confirmed, will be exempted from the ban.

There will also be an exemption for treatment necessary to protect a woman “from an imminent peril that substantially endangers her life or health”, as well as any treatment of a “natural miscarriage according to currently accepted medical guidelines”.

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About Joel Cholo Brooks 14045 Articles
Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.
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