For Immediate Release: March 18, 2023
Contact: Kelsey Pritchard, [email protected]
Gov. Gordon Signs Abortion Drug Safeguards
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Two Wyoming bills protecting unborn life and safeguarding the health and safety of women and girls became law Friday evening.
Gov. Mark Gordon signed a bill to prohibit dangerous chemical abortion drugs, making Wyoming the first state in the country to pass legislation prohibiting the prescription of the dangerous abortion drug regimen. The Governor also allowed the Life is a Human Right Act to become law without his signature. This measure protects unborn children and their mothers throughout pregnancy by addressing the issues that have tied up Wyoming’s trigger law in litigation.
Earlier this month, Gov. Gordon signed another pro-life measure to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage from two months to a full year.
SBA Pro-Life America’s Western Regional Director Adam Schwend shared his reaction:
“We thank Gov. Gordon for signing SF 109 to prohibit dangerous abortion drugs that can cause hemorrhaging, the need for surgery and even death. According to Medicaid data, the rate of chemical abortion-related ER visits have increased 500% since mifepristone was approved. Wyoming’s new law will limit the abortion industry’s ability to jeopardize the health and safety of women and girls.
“The new chemical abortion law, along with the Human Life Protection Act and extending postpartum Medicaid coverage, make Wyoming one of the most pro-life states in the country.”
HB 0004 – Sponsored by the House Committee on Labor, Health and Social Services, the Wyoming Medicaid Extension bill extends Medicaid coverage for any woman who has been pregnant within the previous 12 months. It is funded with $3.8M appropriated state and federal funds.
HB 0152 – Sponsored by Rep. Rachel Rodriguez-Williams, the Wyoming Life is a Human Right Act will protect unborn babies from fertilization, with exceptions for the life and health of the mother, or if the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest. It also includes a defunding provision that would prohibit any appropriated funds from being used for abortion.
SF 0109 – This measure sponsored by Sen. Tim Salazar would prohibit prescribing or distribution of any drug for the purpose of causing an abortion. It would not apply to contraceptives or treatment for miscarriage, and includes an exception for life and health of the mother as well as rape and incest.
Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America is a network of more than one million pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.