Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Suit Challenges Wyoming's Abortion Ban [UPDATED]

On Monday, suit was filed in a Wyoming state trial court seeking a temporary restraining order as well as preliminary and permanent injunctions against enforcement of the recently enacted Wyoming Criminal Abortion Ban. The Complaint (full text) and supporting Memorandum (full text) in Johnson v. State of Wyoming, (WY Dist. Ct., filed 7/25/2022), contends that the ban violates plaintiffs' fundamental rights protected by the Wyoming Constitution, saying in part:

Plaintiff's fundamental rights which make up the right to be left alone by the government absent a compelling need narrowly drawn include, but are not limited to, their rights to equality, due process, uniform operation of the laws, family composition, privacy and bodily integrity, conscience, and access to health care.

One of the six plaintiffs alleges:

She is a reproductive age woman with immediate plans to marry and have children. Ms. Dow is a life-long practicing conservative Jew who intends to continue practicing her faith, including raising her children in her faith, which requires her to consider abortion as an available health care alternative in the event of pregnancy conditions which threaten her health.

WyoFile reports that a district judge has found good cause exists for an emergency hearing and has set a hearing for today.

UPDATE: The Casper Star Tribune reports that the court issued a 14-day temporary restraining order against enforcement of the law on July 27, the day the law was to go into effect.