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Wyoming State Abortion Laws and How They Differ From Neighboring States

By    |   Monday, 10 Aug 2015 11:48 AM

Wyoming’s abortion laws are more liberal than those of its most conservative neighboring states and have similarities to those of Colorado and Montana.

Wyoming was ranked at No. 37 by anti-abortion group American's United for Life while Montana was ranked at No. 43 and Colorado at No. 29. South Dakota ranked at No. 11, Utah at 28 and Idaho at 22.

“Wyoming lacks many basic legal protections for human life,” AUL said. “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.”

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The abortion rights advocate group 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. NARAL gave Colorado a C-plus while Montana earned an A-minus. South Dakota, Idaho and Utah were graded F.

Wyoming has a parental consent law, requiring parents to be notified before a minor receives and abortion, the Guttmacher Institute reported.

Colorado law says one parent must be notified 48 hours before a minor gets an abortion. In Montana, there is no parental consent law, Planned Parenthood noted.

The Guttmacher Institute ranked Wyoming 34th of all states based on number of abortion restrictions, while Colorado came in at 35th and Montana at 41st, The Washington Post reported. Oklahoma ranked No. 1 in the same study with 22 state abortion restrictions while Oregon came in as least restrictive with no state restrictions on abortion.

Wyoming is among 25 states nationwide that do not require a waiting period for an abortion, NPR reported. Nearby Colorado and Montana also do not require a waiting period. South Dakota and Utah require a 72-hour waiting period, and the waiting period in Idaho is 24 hours.

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