JACKSON (WNE) — Abortion will be banned in Wyoming, with narrow exceptions, starting Wednesday, July 27.
Gov. Mark Gordon certified Friday the state’s “trigger bill,” which was passed during the 2022 budget session and intended to go into effect after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade. The Supreme Court overturned the 49-year-old precedent on June 24, prompting Wyoming Attorney General Bridget Hill to review the Wyoming law.
Hill said Thursday that the measure was “fully authorized” and said her office “stands ready to defend it.”
Gordon’s Friday certification started a five-day countdown until abortion is banned in the state.
“I believe that the decision to regulate abortion is properly left to the states,” Gordon said in a prepared statement. “As a pro-life governor, my focus will continue to be on ensuring we are doing all we can to support Wyoming mothers, children and families.”
There are some exemptions to Wyoming’s soon-to-be-enacted abortion ban, according to the text of the bill: rape, incest and “to preserve the woman from a serious risk of death or of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function, not including any psychological or emotional conditions.”
Those who violate the new law may face a felony charge punishable by up to 14 years in prison.
“Trying to figure out how to navigate the law absolutely destroys your ability to make an evidence-based healthcare decision that is in the patient’s best interest,” said Dr. Giovannina Anthony, a Jackson OB-GYN.