In the United States, Wyoming becomes the first state to ban the abortion pill
A new victory for conservatives who intend to roll back access to abortion in the United States. Wyoming on Friday became the first US state to ban the abortion pill. The governor of Wyoming (west), Mark Gordon, called on lawmakers to go further and register a total ban on abortion in the constitution of this State and to submit it to the vote of the voters.
This decision comes at a time when many opponents of abortion are seeking to ban the abortion pill throughout the United States, after last year’s decision by the Supreme Court to bury the right to abortion at the federal level. Since then, fifteen states have decided to ban all pregnancy terminations on their soil.
Already limited access
A decision on this subject is also expected soon in the court of Amarillo in Texas where an ultraconservative federal judge must render a decision on a possible federal ban on mifepristone (RU 486). This pill, the most widely used for medical termination of pregnancy, was authorized in 2000 by the American Medicines Agency (FDA).
Texas federal judge Matthew Kacsmaryk could 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 providers to block access to sites where these pills are sold by mail order.
Mark Gordon, the governor of Wyoming, has declared that he does not intend to back down in his fight against abortion. “I believe that all life is sacred and that every individual, including unborn children, should be treated with dignity and compassion,” he said on Friday evening.
Since the Supreme Court of the United States in June last year granted freedom to legislate to each state, about fifteen of them have limited access to mifepristone by requiring that a doctor provide it, according to the Guttmacher Institute research center which defends the right of women to have an abortion.
If the Texas federal judge rules for a nationwide ban on the abortion pill, abortion rights groups say it will have as big an impact as last year’s Supreme Court ruling.