Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon signed a law banning birth control pills last Friday, making the most prominent form of birth control in the United States illegal in the state.
Medication abortion accounted for 54% of all abortions in 2022. Even before the pandemic, medication abortion has already accounted for more than half of all abortion methods.
Taking mifepristone and misoprostol, this two-drug combination is known as medication abortion or the "abortion pill." Pregnant women within ten weeks of pregnancy can use medication for abortion. Since the US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of mifepristone in abortion medications in 2000, many people have used this more convenient method for abortion.
But after the Supreme Court decides to overturn Roe v. Wade, most abortions, including medication abortion, are now banned in 14 states. In comparison, 15 states have restricted access to medication abortion, requiring a physician to provide medication abortion.
The new law in Wyoming has sparked outrage among women's rights advocates, who argue it represents a significant setback for reproductive rights in the United States. Critics of the law say that it is a clear violation of the right to access safe and legal abortion services and that it will disproportionately impact low-income women and women of color who may struggle to travel out of state to access abortion services.
While Wyoming becomes the first state to outlaw the use of abortion medication, Texas is having a lawsuit about using mifepristone for abortion medication. The case was filed by the Christian conservative advocacy group - Alliance for Defending Freedom, which aims at overturning the FDA's approval of the abortion pill mifepristone.
Although the hearing outcome in Texas is uncertain, abortion clinics are not optimistic about it. Before Kacsmaryk became a federal judge, he represented the First Liberty Institute, a Christian conservative legal organization. This background led to fears that the outcome of his ruling was already predetermined.
The overturning of Roe v. Wade was not the outcome, and the debate over abortion rights is far from over. Conservatives have proposed more and more restrictions on the conditions under which abortions are allowed. The Wyoming new law and the Texas lawsuit also prove that what they want to ban is all forms of abortion.
It will likely continue for the foreseeable future, with advocates on both sides of the issue working tirelessly to promote their respective agendas. The outcome of these two cases could significantly impact the trajectory of the abortion rights movement in the United States and could shape the debate for years to come.
Ultimately, the fight over abortion rights is about more than just access to healthcare services. It is a profoundly political and ideological battle over the role of government in regulating women's bodies and controlling their reproductive choices.
Edited By: Kyenila Taylor
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