Wyoming’s trigger bill now goes into effect with Roe vs Wade overturned
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Five days after the Executive and Judicial branches confirm the Roe vs. Wade decisions, Wyoming will pull the trigger on its abortion bill, House Bill 92, overturning 50-year-old legal precedence.
Pro-life advocates are celebrating today as unborn rights are sent to the states to protect.
Wyoming House Representative Rachel Rodriguez-Williams, that sponsored Wyoming’s trigger bill, says.
“There have been people throughout the state of Wyoming and the nation who have been fighting for the unborn for many, many years, and today was a landmark decision, and ultimately, it’s a dream come true today,” said Rodriguez-Williams.
The Wyoming trigger bill prohibiting abortion, House Bill 92, passed last legislative session.
” We’ve learned by the overruling of Roe vs. Wade today that there is not a constitutional right to abortion. The Wyoming Legislature prepared for this Supreme Court decision by passing House Bill 92,” said Rodriguez-Williams.
The bill has only 3 exceptions to save the mother’s life, incest and rape, which may be challenged again, in the next legislative session.
According to Marti Halverson, President of Right to Life Wyoming, there is more work to do.
”Our next job is to delete the rape and incest exceptions that the Senate inserted into our House Bill 92, our trigger bill and that is going to be an issue on the campaign trail,” said Halverson.
Additionally, there were already bills that failed in the last legislative session that tried to introduce restrictions on chemical abortion medication and prohibit abortions on fetuses with disabilities.
Pro-choice advocates say Roe vs. Wade not only overturns 50-year legal precedence, but it also overturns women’s 14th amendment rights to privacy and legal protection and Wyoming’s constitutional rights of equality.
”If abortion is going to be left to the political process, those of us who care about reproductive freedom have to get engaged despite the barriers politicians have put in our way.” said Janna Frayley, Communications Director, Wyoming ACLU.
Pro-choice advocates are scared this slippery legal slope could affect not only women but other minority groups.
”These privacy protections that have allowed people to have contraception ....could be in jeopardy. Other rights that have been guaranteed for many years under the 14th amendment, be that inter-racial marriage, be that gay lesbian trans gender rights... its the opening of this that could be more wide spread,” said Sharon Breitweiser, Executive Director Pro-Choice Wyoming.
Pro-life advocates said that the importance of getting involved politically and voting for your rights matter more than ever.
”We need to make it clear to everyone that the right to decide when, whether and how to have a child belongs to us...not the government,” said Farley. ”This moment demands that we fight for a future where abortion care is there for everyone that needs it.”
The final Supreme Court vote was 6 to 3 to overturn.
Wyoming has 2 abortion clinics, one in Jackson and the other in Casper, which was recently a target of arson.
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