Wyoming on Friday became the first US state to ban the abortion pill, a new victory for conservatives who want to restore access to abortion in the US. Gov. Mark Gordon called on lawmakers to go further and put a voter vote on a complete ban on abortion in the western state’s constitution.
The move comes as many abortion opponents seek to ban the abortion pill nationwide after the Supreme Court ruled last year to bury abortion rights at the federal level. Since then, fifteen states have decided to ban all terminations of pregnancy on their soil.
“I believe that all life is sacred and that every individual, including the unborn, should be treated with dignity and compassion”Mr. Gordon said Friday evening.
A key result is expected in Texas
A ruling on the matter is expected soon in a court in Amarillo, Texas, where an ultraconservative federal judge is set to rule on a possible federal ban on mifepristone.
The pill, the most widely used medical termination of pregnancy (IVG), was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000. Texas federal judge Matthew Kazmaric could order it off the market nationwide.
Texas lawmakers are considering a proposal that would not only ban abortion pills, but also require state Internet providers to block access to sites where the pills are sold by mail order.
Since the United States Supreme Court returned in June 2022, each state’s freedom to legislate, about fifteen of them have limited access to mifepristone by a physician, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research center that protects it. Abortion is a women’s right.
Abortion rights groups say if a Texas federal judge rules out a nationwide ban on the abortion pill, it could have as big an impact as last year’s Supreme Court ruling.
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