It is the first state to prohibit its prescription, sale and use. Violation will be treated as a criminal offence. So-called ‘morning after’ pills exempt from ban
Birth control pills banned in Wyoming, which became the first U.S. state to prohibit its use or prescription. The governor, Mark Gordon, has in fact signed a bill that makes it illegal “to prescribe, dispense, distribute, sell or use any drug for the purpose of procuring or performing an abortion”. The so-called ‘morning after’ pills, contraceptive drugs prescribed after sexual intercourse, but before pregnancy can be confirmed, are exempt from the ban.
The measure also exempts any treatment necessary to protect a woman “from imminent danger to her life or health,” as well as any treatment for “miscarriage in accordance with currently accepted medical guidelines.” Violating the ban will be treated as a criminal offense, punishable by up to six months in prison and a fine of up to nine thousand dollars.