Wyoming passed the nation’s first chemical abortion pill ban. But you won’t believe what happened next

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The fight to save babies from the scourge of abortion has moved to new fronts.

Today more than 50% of all abortions are done through the chemical abortion pill.

Wyoming passed the nation’s first chemical abortion pill ban. But you won’t believe what happened next.

Judge rules to allow barbaric and dangerous abortion pills 

Earlier this year, Wyoming passed the nation’s first abortion pill ban set to take effect July 1.

But after a judge’s ruling, abortion pills will remain legal in Wyoming for now.

Teton County Judge Melissa Owens ruled that the state’s first-in-the-nation law to ban the pills won’t take effect July 1 as planned while a lawsuit against the statute proceeds.

Judge Owens ruled the attorneys for Wyoming failed to show that allowing the ban to take effect on schedule wouldn’t harm the lawsuit’s plaintiffs before their case is resolved.

Owens sided with the plaintiffs saying they, “have clearly showed probable success on the merits.”

This setback means more children will die and women endangered by the dangerous chemical abortion pill.

The plaintiffs, including two non-profit organizations, an abortion clinic that opened in Casper, and four women, including two abortion providers, have sued to challenge the law. 

They asked Owens to suspend the ban while their lawsuit goes forward.

But that’s not all

The plaintiffs are also suing to stop a near-total ban on abortion enacted in Wyoming in March of this year. 

And Judge Owens suspended that law, too, and then combined the two lawsuits.

Marci Bramlet, an attorney for the ban opponents said because abortion remains legal in Wyoming, banning abortion pills would require women to get more invasive surgical abortions instead.

“It effectively tells people you must have open-heart surgery when a stent would do,” Bramlet said.

Bramlet refused to mention the third option available to all women – not to kill their babies through either procedure.

Interestingly, a state constitutional amendment enacted in 2012 also came into play in court arguments. 

The amendment passed in response to the passage of Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, says Wyoming residents have the right to make their own health care decisions.

Jy Jerde, an attorney for the state argued that Wyoming’s new abortion laws already allow exceptions to save the life of the mother and for cases of rape or incest that are reported to police. 

But said abortion for other reasons isn’t health care under the amendment.

“It’s not restoring a woman’s body from pain, injury or physical sickness,” Jerde said. “Medical services are involved, but getting an abortion for reasons other than health care, it can’t be a medical decision.”

Owens made the ridiculous argument that since pregnancy involves pain and sickness it is health care.

Jerde countered correctly that women don’t get abortions for that reason.

Wyoming’s new laws were enacted after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade last year in the Dobbs decision. 

While other states have passed de facto bans on the chemical abortion pills by broadly prohibiting abortion, only Wyoming has specifically banned abortion pills. 

Wyoming officials have promised to vigorously defend the legality of the new laws.

Until Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon signed the chemical abortion ban legislation, no state had passed a law specifically prohibiting abortion pills. 

But Judge Owens seems hell-bent on killing children and has now blocked three abortion bans signed into law by Gordon, the very Republican Governor who appointed her.

Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.