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Wyoming governor certifies trigger law banning most abortions in the state

Governor Mark Gordon gives his state of the state address during the 2020 Wyoming State Legislature joint session. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — On Friday, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon announced that he has certified House Bill 92, Wyoming’s so-called “trigger law” to ban abortion, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Gordon’s certification of the trigger law ban followed an analysis conducted by the state attorney general. Wyoming’s new law bans abortions except in cases of incest, rape and when the woman would be at risk of serious, irreversible harm or death by carrying on the pregnancy.

“Psychological or emotional conditions” are not included in the exception. The law, passed earlier this year, will take effect five days after the state’s certification.

“I have certified HB 92 following the Attorney General’s analysis,” Gordon said on Friday. “I believe that the decision to regulate abortion is properly left to the states.”

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“As a pro-life Governor, my focus will continue to be on ensuring we are doing all we can to support mothers, children and families.”

Pro-choice advocates in Wyoming have vowed to continue fighting for women’s rights to abortion. These advocates include those associated with a new healthcare clinic that had plans to open in Casper and offer abortions as an option prior to the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

The ACLU of Wyoming said on Friday that the pending ban in Wyoming “will have an immediate and devastating impact on women and all people who can become pregnant, taking from them a right that has been central to their ability to plan their lives, families, and careers.”

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