clearn.png
Wednesday August 10th, 2022 12:34AM

Wyoming abortion ban takes effect amid legal effort to block

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge in Wyoming heard arguments Wednesday from a firebombed women's health clinic and others over whether to temporarily block a state abortion ban on the day it took effect.

The U.S. Supreme Court formally issued its judgment Tuesday in the June 24 Dobbs v. Jackson ruling — a step that allows some state trigger laws to ban abortion to take effect.

Attorneys arguing before Teton County District Judge Melissa Owens, in Jackson, disagreed over whether the Wyoming Constitution provided a right to abortion. The hearing continued into late morning with no immediate ruling from Owens on a requested temporary restraining order against the ban.

Those suing include a nonprofit opening a Casper women's and LGBTQ health clinic that would have offered abortions. A May arson attack has set back the clinic's opening from mid-June until at least the end of this year, months past the start of Wyoming's new abortion ban.

Wyoming’s hearing comes one day after Indiana Republican lawmakers narrowly advanced a plan to ban nearly all abortions in the state, despite opposition from abortion-rights supporters, who say the bill goes too far, and anti-abortion activists, who say it doesn’t go far enough.

Wyoming was among states that recently passed abortion bans should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, which happened June 24. After a review, Gov. Mark Gordon, a Republican who signed the abortion “trigger” bill in March, gave the go-ahead for the law to take effect Wednesday.

The law will outlaw abortions except in cases of rape or incest or to protect the mother’s life or health, not including psychological conditions. Wyoming until Wednesday had allowed abortions up to the point of viability outside the mother, or around 23 weeks into pregnancy.

The four Wyoming women and two nonprofits that sued Monday claim the new law violates several rights guaranteed by the state constitution, including a “fundamental right to be left alone by the government.”

The lawsuit claims the abortion ban will harm the women — two obstetricians, a pregnant nurse and a University of Wyoming law student — by outlawing potentially life-saving treatment options for their patients or themselves.

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Health, AP Health - Women's health
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Wyoming abortion ban takes effect amid legal effort to block
A judge in Wyoming is hearing arguments over whether to temporarily block a state abortion ban on the day it took effect
1:32PM ( 8 minutes ago )
Ex-cops Kueng, Thao sentenced for violating Floyd’s rights
The last two former Minneapolis police officers who were convicted of violating George Floyd’s civil rights have been sentenced in federal court
1:27PM ( 13 minutes ago )
You didn't win Mega Millions. Here's when you can go for $1B
A giant Mega Millions lottery jackpot ballooned to $1.02 billion after no one matched all six numbers and won the top prize
12:58PM ( 41 minutes ago )
U.S. News
DOJ: Buffett company discriminated against Black homebuyers
A Pennsylvania mortgage company owned by Berkshire Hathaway, run by billionaire businessman Warren Buffett, discriminated against potential Black and Latino homebuyers in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware, the Department of Justice said Wednesday
1:20PM ( 19 minutes ago )
Senate passes bill to boost computer chip production in US
The Senate has passed a bill that's designed to encourage more semiconductor companies to build chip plants in the United States
1:14PM ( 26 minutes ago )
Waiting game: Watson, Browns open camp as NFL ruling looms
Deshaun Watson is practicing and waiting
1:07PM ( 33 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
US signs off on 800,000 more doses of monkeypox vaccine
Health regulators say nearly 800,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine will soon be available for U.S. distribution
12:16PM ( 1 hour ago )
Emerging from isolation, Biden urges Americans to get shots
President Joe Biden has emerged from five days of isolation after contracting the coronavirus, telling Americans that “COVID isn’t gone” but saying serious illness can be avoided with vaccines, booster shoots and treatments
12:02PM ( 1 hour ago )
WHO chief advises reducing sex partners to avoid monkeypox
The head of the World Health Organization is advising men at risk of catching monkeypox to consider reducing their sexual partners “for the moment.”
11:58AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Health
Indiana abortion debate draws protest crowds, vice president
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris says Indiana’s proposed abortion ban reflects a health care crisis in the United States
5:51AM ( 1 day ago )
Minnesota abortion clinic braces for tide of out-of-staters
Inside northern Minnesota’s only abortion clinic, patients from Wisconsin and Texas sit among Minnesotans
1:29PM ( 4 days ago )
Kentucky judge extends block of state's abortion ban
A Kentucky judge has issued a ruling that continues to keep the state’s near-total ban on abortion from taking effect
5:59PM ( 4 days ago )
AP Health - Women's health
Ex-cops Kueng, Thao sentenced for violating Floyd’s rights
The last two former Minneapolis police officers who were convicted of violating George Floyd’s civil rights have been sentenced in federal court
1:27PM ( 13 minutes ago )
You didn't win Mega Millions. Here's when you can go for $1B
A giant Mega Millions lottery jackpot ballooned to $1.02 billion after no one matched all six numbers and won the top prize
12:58PM ( 41 minutes ago )
Ex-officer Kueng gets 3 years for violating Floyd’s rights
Former Minneapolis police Officer J
12:30PM ( 1 hour ago )
Biden emerges from COVID isolation, tells public: Get shots
President Joe Biden has emerged from five days of isolation after contracting the coronavirus, telling Americans that “COVID isn’t gone” but saying serious illness can be avoided with vaccines, booster shoots and treatments
12:19PM ( 1 hour ago )
Ex-cop Kueng gets 3 years for violating Floyd’s rights
Former Minneapolis police Officer J
12:04PM ( 1 hour ago )