Wyoming Republican Gov. Mark Gordon signed a invoice Friday outlawing the use or prescription of abortion pills, making it the primary state to ban the medicine.
The laws was handed by the state’s GOP-controlled legislature earlier this month.
Included within the invoice is a provision making it unlawful to “prescribe, dispense, distribute, promote or use any drug for the aim of procuring or performing an abortion.”
Morning-after drugs, a contraceptive medicine used shortly after intercourse however earlier than a girl can affirm her being pregnant, will probably be exempt from the ban.
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There are additionally exemptions when remedy is important to guard a girl “from an imminent peril that considerably endangers her life or well being” or for a “pure miscarriage based on at present accepted medical tips.”
Individuals who violate the brand new legislation will probably be topic to a prison misdemeanor, which is punishable by as much as six months in jail and a tremendous of as much as $9,000.
A girl “upon whom a chemical abortion is carried out or tried shall not be criminally prosecuted,” the measure notes.
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Gordon mentioned he was additionally permitting a separate invoice banning abortion procedures to be enacted with out his signature. The measure, handed by state lawmakers, bans the process besides when vital to guard the well being and lifetime of the mom, in instances of rape or incest or to finish a being pregnant during which docs decide there to be a deadly abnormality of the fetus.
There have been quite a lot of authorized challenges throughout the U.S. concerning abortion legal guidelines for the reason that 1973 resolution Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court in June. The Excessive Courtroom’s resolution allowed states to make their very own legal guidelines on abortion entry.
Gordon acknowledged that supporters of abortion entry who challenged Wyoming’s “set off” abortion ban after it went into impact following the reversal of Roe v. Wade have filed a lawsuit to preemptively block the brand new legislation on abortion drugs.
Reuters contributed to this report.