A 2012 amendment to the Wyoming Constitution is keeping the state from prohibiting abortion, Teton County District Court Judge Melissa Owens ruled Wednesday.
Passed by state Republicans during the height of the Obamacare controversy, the amendment granting citizens the right to make independent health care decisions was Owens’ primary reason for the temporary restraining order.
It makes the state’s near-total abortion ban, which declared the procedure a felony punishable for up to five years in prison, rendered ineffective as the legal process continues to play out.
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