Courts block abortion bans in Wyoming, North Dakota

Cheyenne, Wyo.: Abortion bans set to take effect this week in Wyoming and North Dakota were temporarily blocked Wednesday by judges in those states amid lawsuits arguing that the bans violate their state constitutions.

A judge in Wyoming sided with a firebombed women’s health clinic and others who argued the ban would harm health care workers and their patients, while a North Dakota judge sided with the state’s only abortion clinic, Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo.

The Wyoming law was set to take effect Wednesday. The North Dakota law was set to take effect Thursday. The latest court action in North Dakota and Wyoming put them among several states including Kentucky, Louisiana, and Utah where judges have temporarily blocked the implementation of “trigger laws” while lawsuits play out.

Meanwhile, West Virginia lawmakers moved ahead with a ban amid protests and dozens speaking against the measure with a 69-23 vote in the Republican-dominated House.

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