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Judge Melissa Owens To Decide Whether To Block Wyoming Abortion Ban

Judge Melissa Owens

The Teton County District Judge is to deliver her decision on Wednesday, on whether there is to be a temporary halt to abortion banning laws in the state. The decision will be known likely by noon.

Earlier she had passed a two-week-long temporary restraining order on Wyoming’s abortion banning laws.

The Judge heard arguments in support and against the passage of a preliminary injunction meant to block the state’s abortion ban. The names of the State of Wyoming, its governor, Teton County Sherrif, and Jackson Police Chief, are all mentioned in the lawsuit. 

A few notable abortion-providing clinics, citizens of Wyoming, and a non-profit organization were the plaintiffs of the lawsuit that is suing the state for its distressing abortion ban in the month of July. 

Abortion clinics in Colorado are already experiencing an overflow of patients coming from other states. The one clinic still providing abortion care to patients is on the verge of shutting down as it faces pressure from the upcoming ban. 

Earlier the state passed a “trigger ban” as the citizens are calling it, right after the Supreme Court overturned the decision of Roe v. Wade. 

Plaintiffs hold that the abortion ban is posing a threat to the safety of women who might need these services as they are a part of healthcare. The defendants are of the opinion that the Constitution of the state of Wyoming does not exactly guarantee abortion rights to women. Abortion was apparently considered illegal in the state for over 100 years before the verdict of Roe v. Wade in 1973.

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