Wyoming Judge Blocks State’s New Abortion Ban

  • A judge temporarily blocked Wyoming’s new abortion ban on Wednesday, just days after it took effect, The Associated Press reported.
  • The Wyoming Life is a Human Right Act, which bans all abortions except in cases of rape or saving the mother’s life, was passed by the legislature in early March and took effect on Sunday. Teton County District Court Judge Melissa Owens suspended the ban Wednesday for at least two weeks after abortion-rights advocates argued during a hearing that it violates the state constitution and harms women.
  • Wyoming’s Constitution includes an amendment that states adults have the right to make their own health care decisions. The recently passed ban clarifies that abortion is “not health care,” but Owens said that determination is up to the courts.
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