Wyoming’s new law banning abortions in nearly all cases took effect yesterday, then was quickly blocked by a judge until after a lawsuit challenging the law is settled.
The so-called trigger law was passed earlier this year to take effect in the U-S Supreme Court overturned its 50-year old Roe v Wade decision allowing abortions nationwide.
The challenge to the Wyoming law was brought by a firebombed women’s health clinic and others who argued the ban would harm health care workers and their patients and would violate the state constitution.
Wyoming’s court action puts it among several states including Kentucky, Louisiana and Utah where judges have temporarily blocked implementation of similar “trigger laws” while lawsuits play out.
Wyoming’s law bans abortion except in cases of rape or incest or to protect the mother’s life or health.