Wyoming becomes the first US state to ban the abortion pill
Wyoming on Friday became the first US state to ban the abortion pill, another victory for conservatives who intend to roll back access to abortion in the United States. Gov. Mark Gordon called on lawmakers to go ahead and enshrine a blanket abortion ban in this western state’s constitution and bring it to a vote.
The decision comes at a time when many abortion opponents are seeking to ban the abortion pill nationwide, following a Supreme Court decision last year to bury the right to abortion in the federal government. Since then, fifteen states have decided to ban all pregnancy terminations on their territory.
“I believe that all life is sacred and that everyone, including unborn children, should be treated with dignity and compassion.”Mr. Gordon said Friday evening.
Decisive decision expected in Texas
A decision on this matter is expected soon in the Amarillo, Texas district court where an ultra-conservative federal judge must rule on a potential federal ban on mifepristone (RU 486).
This pill, most commonly used for the medical termination of pregnancy, was authorized in 2000 by the US Medicines Agency (FDA). Texas Federal Judge Matthew Kacsmarek can order it to be taken off the market nationwide.
Texas lawmakers are also considering a proposal that would not only ban abortion pills, but also require state internet service providers to block access to sites where such pills are sold by mail order.
Since the US Supreme Court in June last year restored their freedom of law to each state, about fifteen have had limited access to mifepristone by requiring a doctor to provide it, according to the Guttmacher Institute think tank that advocates for abortion rights.
If a Texas federal judge rules for a nationwide ban on abortion pills, abortion rights groups say it would have as much impact as last year’s Supreme Court ruling.