2024 Legislative Session

The 2024 session of the Wyoming Legislature started February 12 and is scheduled to end March 8.  

House Bill No. HB0148 restricts and regulates surgical and medical abortions.  The bill requires that ultrasounds be performed before patients can receive medication abortions;  imposes a 48-hour waiting period; requires that a surgical abortion facility be licensed as an ambulatory surgical center; and requires physicians to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 10 miles of the facility.  The bill has passed in the House and is awaiting consideration in the Senate.  Pro-Choice Wyoming opposes this bill.

House Bill No. HB0137 “Chemical abortions-ultrasound requirement” required that ultrasounds be performed before patients can receive medication abortions.  The bill imposed a 48-hour waiting period.  Anyone violating the law could have been jailed up to five years and fined up to $20,000.  The bill was not considered for introduction by the deadline, but its provisions were subsequently inserted into HB0148.  Pro-Choice Wyoming opposes the ultrasound and waiting period requirements.

Second Reading Amendment HB0001H2053 to the House Budget prohibits the Department of Health from using appropriated funds for the purpose of procuring or performing an abortion on any person.  The amendment was passed by the House, and a mirror/identical Third Reading Amendment SF0001S3006 was passed by the Senate.  Third Reading Amendment HB0001H3010 to the House Budget adding exceptions for sexual assault, incest, and life endangerment was passed by the House.  The House and Senate will need to resolve the differences between the two budget amendments before any final language is added to the budget.  Pro-Choice Wyoming opposes these funding restrictions.

Second Reading Amendment HB0001H2017 to the House Budget would have provided funding to increase Medicaid coverage of family planning services (long-acting reversible contraceptives and vasectomies).  The amendment was defeated during discussion and voting in the House.  Pro-Choice Wyoming supported this budget amendment.

Senate File No. SF0108 “Protecting water from chemical abortion waste” banned the use of telemedicine for medcation abortions.  The bill specified environmental and disposal requirements for abortion drugs.  Anyone violating the telemed ban could have been jailed for up to three years and fined up to $10,000.  The bill did not receive the necessary two-thirds vote to be introduced; therefore, it will not receive further consideration during this legislative session.  Pro-Choice Wyoming opposed this bill.

House Bill No. HB0076 “Reproductive Freedom Act” repealed the current abortion re­strictions in the Wyoming Statutes and created new sections that prohibited the State from denying or interfering with a person’s right to have an abortion prior to viability of the fetus or to protect the person’s life or health.  The bill was not considered for introduction by the deadline; therefore, it will not receive further consideration during this legislative session.  Pro-Choice Wyoming supported  this bill.  

House Joint Resolution No. HJ0004 “Right of health care access-constitutional amendment” would have put a constitutional amendment on the general election ballot for a vote by the electors — to eliminate current constitutional language that allows the Legislature to impose restrictions on a person’s right to make health care decisions.  The resolution did not receive the necessary two-thirds vote to be introduced; therefore, it will not receive further consideration during this legislative session.  Pro-Choice Wyoming supported this resolution.

House Joint Resolution No. HJ0007 “Right of individual privacy-constitutional amendment” would have put a constitutional amendment on the general election ballot for a vote by the electors:  “The right of individual privacy is essential to the well-being of a free society and shall not be infringed.”  The resolution was not considered for introduction by the deadline; therefore, it will not receive further consideration during this legislative session.  Pro-Choice Wyoming supported this resolution.