Wyoming Joins 24-State Pro-Life Amicus Brief Filing to U.S. Supreme Court

Governor Gordon announced Thursday that the State of Wyoming has joined the State of Texas and 23 other states in filing an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the decision to regulate elective abortions should be left to states. That brief was filed in support of Mississippi in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. In the case, Mississippi challenges lower court rulings that deemed unconstitutional the state’s “Gestational Age Act,” which prohibits elective abortions at 15 weeks’ gestation. Mississippi asks the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn past rulings which protected abortion as a constitutional right, subjecting state regulations on abortion to heightened scrutiny. 

In the brief joined by Wyoming, the 24 states agree that nothing in the text, history, or tradition of the U.S. Constitution supports a right to elective abortion. The tests currently applied to state abortion regulations – which look to fetal viability and “undue burdens” imposed on abortion access – are unworkable and applied inconsistently, even by the U.S. Supreme Court, leaving states uncertain as to how they can or cannot regulate abortion. Ultimately, the states conclude, whether and how to regulate elective abortions, including prior to fetal viability, should be left to each state and its voters rather than to federal judges. “This year has made abundantly clear that federal overreach harms Wyoming and its citizens,” said Governor Gordon. “Wyoming must stand up for states’ rights. I am happy to extend support to Mississippi in order to properly keep state control over state issues, especially in the fight to protect the unborn.” A copy of the brief may be found here.



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Thomas Jones
1 month ago

Thank you Gov. Gordon, especially on the eve that US house democrats want to pass legislation forcing taxpayers to fund abortions. Its bad enough that taxpayer dollars are going to Africa earmarked specifically for abortions there. Enough is enough. Let the states decide.

ray olson
1 month ago
Reply to  Thomas Jones

Was I asleep when the Hyde amendment was overturned? Please do your homework.

Cindy Livingston
1 month ago

Birth control is readily available and so much less expensive and traumatic. It seems that it is always about women’s rights and never about a woman’s responsibility. Pregnancy is totally preventable. BTW the Hyde Amendment is more of an attachment and is attached annually so is up for debate annually and Biden wants it done away with. How about, no. How about take responsibility. A woman has 24 hours per month to conceive, sperm lives for 2 to 3 days. Women can track their cycles and avoid sex during their fertile times of the month. Why is this even an issue. On one hand they want to give out free abortions and on the other hand they want to pay people to have babies. Unbelievable.