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Wyoming Becomes First State to Outlaw Abortion Pills

user avatar Author: Editors Desk Source: N.Y Times
March 18, 2023 at 07:54
Because the Supreme Court ended the constitutional right to an abortion, the fight over abortion access is now in the hands of the states.Credit...Caitlin Ochs/Reuters
Because the Supreme Court ended the constitutional right to an abortion, the fight over abortion access is now in the hands of the states.Credit...Caitlin Ochs/Reuters

Medication abortion providers could serve six months in prison under the law, one of a growing number of efforts by conservative states to target the pills.

Wyoming on Friday became the first state to ban the use of abortion pills, adding momentum to a growing push by conservative states and anti-abortion groups to target medication abortion, the method now used in a majority of pregnancy terminations in the United States.

Wyoming’s new law comes as a preliminary ruling is expected soon by a Texas judge that could order the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to withdraw its approval of mifepristone, the first pill in the two-drug medication abortion regimen. Such a ruling, if it stands, could upend how abortion is provided nationally, affecting states where abortion is legal as well as states with bans and restrictions.

Legislation to ban or add restrictions on medication abortion has been introduced in several states this year, including a bill in Texas that would not only ban abortion pills but also require internet service providers to take steps to block medication abortion websites so people in Texas could not view them.

In these states, proposals to block or restrict abortion pills have typically been introduced along with other anti-abortion measures, a reflection of the range of obstacles to abortion these states have tried to erect since the Supreme Court overturned the national right to abortion last June.

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