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Wyoming in US prohibits abortion pill use

Washington, Mar 17 (EFE).- Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon gave the green light Friday to a law that will prohibit the use of abortion pills, making the American state the first to veto these medications in the country.

The Republican politician also approved a bill that restricts most abortions in the state, except in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is at risk, according to local media reports.

Gordon’s decision comes as the United States waits for a judge in Texas to rule in a case that will decide national access to the abortion pill mifepristone.

An association of doctors against abortion filed a lawsuit before Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk with the aim of forcing the Food and Drug Administration to revoke the drug’s approval in the country.

Mifepristone, which was approved by the regulatory body in 2000, has been at the center of the US abortion debate in recent weeks.

The Walgreens pharmacy chain decided in early March that it would not distribute abortion pills in states with Republican governments or where Republican officials have threatened to sue if the drugs are offered.

The company’s decision came after the administration issued a regulation that would allow the sale of abortion drugs in its establishments.

Mifepristone is usually used together with misoprostol to terminate the pregnancy before the end of the third month of gestation.

Abortions with this type of medication have accounted for 54 percent of the interruptions of pregnancies in the US in the last two years, according to data from the Guttmacher Institute.

A ruling banning the restriction of abortion pills would be one of the biggest reproductive rights controversies in this nation since the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade last year. EFE


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