Judge temporarily blocks Wyoming's abortion ban

Ellen Gerst and Maya Shimizu Harris, Casper Star-Tribune

Wyoming’s abortion ban has been temporarily blocked after a ruling Wednesday by a Teton County judge. 

The ruling will stop the ban from being enforced for at least 14 days. It comes just two days after a lawsuit opposing the ban was filed.

Judge Melissa Owens made the decision following an emergency hearing on the matter, held the same day Wyoming’s trigger ban went into effect.

“The new statute does not mention health care providers’ appropriate medical judgment, but the prior statute did,” Owens said. “That creates an ambiguity for not only [plaintiff] Dr. [Giovannina] Anthony, but for the patient.”

Abortion rights protesters hold up signs on June 29 on the corner of East 11th and McKinley streets in Casper.

Madeline Carter, Star-Tribune

The temporary restraining order that blocks the abortion ban’s enforcement will last until at least August 10, two weeks from Wednesday’s hearing.

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