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Abortion on the docket in two Wyoming courts

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The protracted dispute over the abortion legislation in Wyoming is set to intensify once more, according to journalist Kate Ready.

The Wyoming Supreme Court will hear oral arguments from Tim Garrison, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, and will subsequently determine whether Right to Life of Wyoming and two state legislators, Representatives Rachel Rodriguez-Williams and Chip Neiman are permitted to intervene in order to defend two pro-life laws.

On 3 June, Judge Melissa Owens prohibited them from intervening in defence of the ‘Life is a Human Right Act’.

Also designated HB0152, the Life is a Human Right Act safeguards the lives of unborn children, except in instances of rape or incest or when the life of the mother is at risk.

In a recent statement, Ready indicated that the state’s highest court’s ruling will have a direct impact on the ongoing case in Teton County, where a hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Thursday in Teton County District Court. The matter in question concerns Senate Enrolled Act 93.

The aforementioned legislation constituted Wyoming’s inaugural enactment to prohibit the prescription, dispensation, distribution, sale, or utilisation of any pharmaceutical agent for the purpose of procuring or performing an abortion on any individual, with the exceptions of cases of rape, incest, miscarriage, and instances where the mother’s life is at risk.

Despite the possibility of a “redo,” the Wyoming Supreme Court will hear the case after Judge Owens renders her decision. Both plaintiffs and defendants agreed last month that the hearing should proceed.

In a recent interview, reporter Ready stated that…

“This case needs to be decided and we need to move it forward,” said Jay Jerde, special assistant attorney general for the state, during a November hearing.

In November, Owens asked attorneys for the state defendants, including Jerde, and the plaintiffs whether the upcoming summary judgment hearing should be postponed pending the Supreme Court’s decision.

One of the lawyers for the six plaintiffs, John Robinson, agreed with Jerde that the case should proceed.

However, all parties said there was a possibility that the high court could order them to hold off on Tuesday.


Daniel Miller is responsible for nearly all of National Right to Life News' political writing.

With the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, Daniel Miller developed a deep obsession with U.S. politics that has never let go of the political scientist. Whether it's the election of Joe Biden, the midterm elections in Congress, the abortion rights debate in the Supreme Court or the mudslinging in the primaries - Daniel Miller is happy to stay up late for you.

Daniel was born and raised in New York. After living in China, working for a news agency and another stint at a major news network, he now lives in Arizona with his two daughters.

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