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Wyoming first state to ban abortion pills

Wyoming became the first state of USA to prohibit the use of abortion pillsa new victory in a campaign by conservative-ruled administrations to reverse access to abortion.

the governor of Wyoming (West), Republican Mark Gordon, called on lawmakers to go further and include a total ban on abortion in the Constitution of that state and submit it to a vote of the citizens.

The decision comes as many opponents of this clinical procedure seek to ban the abortion pill throughout the country, after the Supreme Court -the highest court- annulled last year the right to interrupt a pregnancy at the federal level.

Also looming is a federal court ruling in Amarillo, Texas state (south), where a judge is expected to rule imminently on an eventual nationwide ban on a widely used abortion pill.

This pill, mifepristone, was approved more than a decade ago by the US drug regulatory agency, the FDA, and has been legally available on the market for years.

Texas Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk could order the abortion pill to be withdrawn from the market nationwide.

Texas lawmakers are also considering a proposal that would not only ban abortion pillsbut would also require internet service providers in the state to block access to websites where such pills are sold by mail order.

Since the Supreme Court of USA struck down last year a landmark 1973 ruling establishing abortion as a constitutional right, anti-abortion activists have sought ways to enshrine a nationwide ban on abortion.

About 15 states already restrict access to mifepristone by requiring a doctor to provide it, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research group.

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