Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon on Friday signed into law a bill outlawing the use or prescription of medication abortion pills that was passed by the state's Republican-controlled legislature earlier this month.
Gordon, a Republican, signed the law as a federal judge in Texas is considering ordering a nationwide ban on the abortion pill Mifepristone, in response to a lawsuit by anti-abortion groups. The crux of the Wyoming bill is a provision making it illegal to “prescribe, dispense, distribute, sell or use any drug for the purpose of procuring or performing an abortion.”
Violation of the ban is to be treated as a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to USD 9,000.
The measure stipulates that a woman “upon whom a chemical abortion is performed or attempted shall not be criminally prosecuted.”
At the same time, the so-called “morning-after” pills, a prescription medication used after sex but before a pregnancy can be confirmed, are exempted from the ban.
Furthermore, any treatment necessary to protect a woman “from an imminent peril that substantially endangers her life or health,” as well as any treatment of a “natural miscarriage according to currently accepted medical guidelines” are also exempt.