Pro-Choice advocates take legal action on Wyoming’s Trigger Bill

Lawsuit filed in Teton County seeks to push back against House Bill 92
Published: Jul. 26, 2022 at 5:54 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Pro-choice advocates in Wyoming are now trying to halt Wyoming’s pending abortion ban, through the courts.

Governor Gordon certified Wyoming’s abortion trigger bill Friday.

The bill is anticipated to go into effect on Wednesday according to authorities. A lawsuit filed in Teton county aims to slow or stop the process.

The new lawsuit was filed on Monday morning, the plaintiff Danielle Johnson et all, is asking for an emergency hearing and a temporary restraining order of Wyoming’s abortion trigger bill.

This comes after the bill was certified on Friday and is expected to go into effect this Wednesday.

But it is raising questions as to what this may mean for Wyoming women and government over-reach.

Wyoming right-to-life advocates say they are prepared to fight the lawsuit.

“I want Wyoming’s Pro-Life movement to know that we will have their backs when it comes to a possible lawsuit,” said Marti Halverson, President of Wyoming’s Right to Life.

Rebuking claims that the triggering bill is limiting women’s health care access.

”Delivering a child that has unfortunately died in-utero is not an abortion. saving a woman’s life with the removal of an ectopic pregnancy is not an abortion so those won’t be impacted at all. It’s a scare tactic to imply that it will,” said Halverson.

But Pro-Life advocates are prepared for backlash.

Wyoming’s Women’s March on Equality started a letter campaign to legislators in July that quoted Wyoming’s Constitution’s “Right of Health Care Access” clause.

Pro-Choice advocates say that women have the right to make their own health care decisions.

“You just gave the government the ability to reach into your home and interfere with that conversation between you and your partner. You and your doctor. It’s no longer yours. It’s no longer the right of the individual. Its now the right of the state,” said Sara Burlingame, Director of Wyoming Equality.

Advocates are fearful of the idea that health care will depend on what state women choose to live.

”We are losing a right in our state and now Wyomingites have fewer rights than people in other portions of the country,” said Janna Farley, Communications Director, of ACLU Wyoming.

Others fear this bill will chip away at the personhood of women in the equality state.

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