Yesterday, Gov. Mark Gordon signed into law legislation that will ban abortion entirely in Wyoming if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade into law.
House Bill 92 mimics other so-called “trigger bans” across the country and will take effect automatically under specific circumstances.
This policy also improperly assigned the executive branch the responsibility of enacting law based upon future hypothetical case outcomes and creates a codified, inflexible mandate that lacks clarity.
So, regardless of how the Supreme Court rules in any of the currently pending abortion cases, it is without doubt that the fundamental rights at issue in Roe as they relate to abortion will not cease to be litigated on federal and state levels. Mandating that the executive branch enact a law based on unclear decisions that cannot be considered final will create confusion for Wyomingites.
A person’s health, not politics, should guide important medical decisions – including the decision to have an abortion.
House Bill 92 puts a clunky processes into statute that deprives Wyomingites fundamental freedoms. Together we must challenge the continued efforts contrary to our right to make our own reproductive health care decisions.