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In Wyoming

After Roe, abortion will be illegal in most circumstances. Connect with your local family policy council to stay up-to-date on the pro-life movement in your state—now and after Roe. Then, keep reading to find out more about what abortion law would be in your state after Roe.

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THE BIG QUESTION

After Roe, will my state ban nearly all abortions or allow nearly all abortions?

Wyoming has a trigger law that bans nearly all abortions now that Roe is overturned; unfortunately, that law has been enjoined pending hearings before the Wyoming Supreme Court. Read more about Wyoming’s legal restrictions on abortion below.

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WHAT’S NEXT

What is my state’s next step in the fight for life, once Roe is overturned?

Wyoming passed a trigger law virtually eliminating abortion. Sadly, at the last minute, a provision allowing for abortion in cases of rape and incest was added. We will have to address that issue as we move into the future of an After Roe nation.

MORE ABOUT YOUR STATE’S ABORTION LAWS

Below, we’ve summarized what abortion laws would be in your state after Roe.

Abortion Limits, Exceptions and Enforcement

Limitations on abortions

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If my state won’t ban all abortions, what are the limits to abortion?

Wyoming passed a “trigger law” that will ban all abortions once Roe v. Wade is overturned. 2022 Bill Text WY H.B. 92.


Exceptions to any limitations

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Are there any exceptions to those limitations placed on abortion?

Yes: The trigger law ban includes an exception for when the abortion is necessary to preserve the mother from “a serious risk of death or of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function, not including any psychological or emotional conditions, or the pregnancy is the result of incest, 2022 Bill Text WY H.B. 92.


Penalties for performing an illegal abortion

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What are the penalties to abortion providers for committing an illegal abortion (one of the forms of abortion that my state has limited under the law)?

Violations of the post-viability ban are punishable by up to 14 years in prison. Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 35-6-110.


Enforcement

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When abortion laws are violated, who can file a lawsuit to enforce their rights and the law?

No one.


Special standards of care

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Does my state impose a special medical standard of care on abortion providers?

No.


Protecting Fundamental Rights

Parents

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Does my state give parents the right to consent for their child to get an abortion?

Yes: Notice and consent from one parent is required; however, this state has a method where a minor can obtain permission from the courts to receive an abortion without parental notice or consent. Wyo. Stat. Ann. §§ 35-6-118.


Medical professionals

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Does my state have conscience protections for medical professionals who do not want to participate in abortions?

Yes: Hospitals, clinics, institutions, and private facilities are not required to admit patients for abortions or allow abortions to be performed in their facilities. They must notify prospective patients. ​​Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 35-6-105.

No person may be required to participate in or perform an abortion. ​​Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 35-6-106.


Babies Born Alive

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Are there legal protections for babies born alive following a botched abortion in my state?

Yes: Physicians must take medically appropriate and reasonable steps to preserve the life and health of a child born alive. Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 35-6-104.


Safety & Health of Women

Physician-only requirement

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Does an abortion have to be provided by a licensed physician in my state?

Yes: Physicians must be licensed in the state in order to perform abortions. Wyo. Stat. Ann. §35-6-101(a)(v).


Informed consent

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Does my state’s law require that a woman give informed consent and/or receive counseling prior to allowing an abortion to be performed?

No.


Waiting period

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Does my state place any waiting requirement on abortion so that a mother has more time to decide?

Yes: For minors, a 48-hour waiting period after parental notification and consent is required. Wyo. Stat. Ann. §§ 35-6-118.


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