Mark Gordon, Wyoming state governor, has signed into law a bill banning the prescription and use of abortion pills. Wyoming is the first state to specifically ban the sale of these pills, although other states have policies that almost completely ban abortion, including abortion pills as well.
The provision makes it illegal to “prescribe, dispense, distribute, sell or use any drug for the purpose of procuring or performing an abortion.”
By contrast, so-called “morning-after pills,” which are postcoital contraceptives used after sexual intercourse, are exempt from the ban, but only if they are administered before a pregnancy can be confirmed. Violation of this rule will be treated as a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $9,000.
In that state, the enactment of a bill that restricts abortion is also being studied, except in cases of rape, incest, when the life of the mother is in danger or in case of a lethal abnormality in the fetus.
Wyoming thus joins other American states governed by the Republican Party that after the repeal of the Roe vs. Wade have banned abortion in those territories.
Mark Gordon stated that “I have a strong record of protecting the lives of the unborn, as well as their mothers. I believe all life is sacred and that every individual, including the unborn, should be treated with dignity and compassion”.