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Wyoming State Abortion Laws and How They Compare Nationally

By    |   Monday, 10 August 2015 12:24 PM

Wyoming has relatively few state restrictions on abortions when compared with other states throughout the nation.

The anti-abortion group American's United for Life ranked the state at No. 37, nothing that "Wyoming lacks many basic legal protections for human life. For example, Wyoming does not require informed consent for abortion, mandate minimum health and safety standards for abortion clinics, protect unborn victims of violence, or criminalize assisted suicide.”

Pro-choice advocates also are critical of the state. NARAL Pro-Choice America graded Wyoming a D-plus for its choice laws, calling its governor and House of Representatives anti-choice but describing its Senate as mixed-choice.

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Minors seeking an abortion in Wyoming must have parental consent. Parents must also be notified before the procedure takes place, the Guttmacher Institute reported. The state provides public money for abortion only in cases of incest, rape or when a mother's life is endangered.

The Guttmacher Institute noted that Wyoming only had three abortion providers statewide in 2011 and no abortion clinics. By turn, 89 percent of all counties nationwide also had no abortion clinic.

A study by the institute ranked Wyoming 34th of all states based on the number of abortion restrictions, The Washington Post reported. Wyoming has six state restrictions on abortions. Oklahoma ranked No. 1 with 22 restrictions in the same study while Oregon came in as least restrictive with none.

Wyoming is among 25 states nationwide that do no require a waiting period for an abortion, NPR reported.

In 2015, a House committee in Wyoming killed a proposed bill that would require a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion so a woman could have a chance to review an ultrasound image. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Tom Reeder, R-Casper, said it was his hope that viewing such an image would give a woman the chance to "see what she is carrying is not just a blob of tissue," The Associated Press reported.

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In 2013, a similar House committee voted down a bill that would have made it illegal for a woman to undergo an abortion if a heartbeat had been detected in her fetus, the Casper Star Tribune reported.

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