House Bill 140 would require physicians to wait 48 hours before performing non-emergent abortion procedures and offer alternatives to patients seeking abortion services. A physician could however, perform an abortion if they deemed the situation a medical emergency that would endanger the mother.
The ACLU of Wyoming opposes this bill. Government-mandated delays serve no purpose other than to make obtaining an abortion more difficult, dangerous, and expensive for the women who are least able to bear the burden of an unwanted pregnancy. The harm of such restrictions is felt most by those who have the fewest resources - poor women, minors, rural women, working women without insurance or sick leave, and battered women.
Because the cost of an abortion rises dramatically as pregnancy advances, government-mandated delays put abortion out of reach for many women. Whereas first-trimester abortions obtained from a nonhospital provider usually cost between $350 and $500, a second-trimester abortion at a clinic can cost $1,000 or more. And most clinics do not perform second-trimester abortions at all.