Officials, election candidate praise ‘pro-life win’ with recent Roe v. Wade ruling

GILLETTE, Wyo. — State and county officials alike praised a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, a decision that paves the way for a Wyoming abortion “trigger law” to take effect.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, June 24, overturned a nearly half-century-old decision that previously established a constitutionally protected right to have an abortion. The decision gives states the authority to decide for themselves whether abortions should remain legal within their borders.

In Wyoming, the June 24 ruling triggered a law, House Bill 92, recently passed by the state legislature in the event Roe v. Wade was overturned that makes abortions illegal by July 29 except in cases of incest, sexual assault, or to “protect the woman of serious risk of death or of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function,” according to the bill.

Wyoming Rep. John Bear (R-Gillette), HB092 co-sponsor and pro-life advocate, said that he is proud to have co-sponsored the legislation and praised the Supreme Court decision as a win for the individual states in terms of an ongoing power struggle between them and the federal government.

“What the courts did properly, is they upheld the 10th amendment which gives all powers not enumerated in the constitution to the states and the people,” Bear wrote in a statement to County 17, and that there is no right to abortion explicitly written in the U.S. Constitution or the Bill of Rights.

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“Now the states will be able to individually determine their own policy for health and welfare and abortion in particular,” Bear said.

Campbell County Chairman Del Shelstad said that the decision is an indication of the Supreme Court’s willingness to fight for life.

“How can the left be against the death penalty and advocate for the murder of our babies,” Shelstad said in a statement. “The miracle of life prevails.”

Campbell County Commissioner Colleen Faber said that she’s been waiting for such a decision for 49 years and expressed gratitude that the Supreme Court overturned the unconstitutional decision that was Roe v. Wade.

It’s now in the hands of the states, Faber said, and she’s thankful the Wyoming Legislature had the foresight to pass a trigger bill making abortion illegal in Wyoming and will protect the lives of the unborn.

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“I have always been anti-abortion and pro-life,” Faber said in a statement. “It’s often said without the right to life, no other rights matter- I completely agree.”

Abbie Angelos, a candidate for the Wyoming House of Representatives of District Three, said the Supreme Court ruling is historic.

“Life wins and the unborn finally have a voice,” Angelos said in a statement.

Wyoming Senate President Dan Dockstader (R-Afton) said that future decisions beyond HB092 in the state legislature will occur under the watch of new leadership in both the state senate and house.

“As for the recent actions of the Supreme Court, we have a saying in the senate- trust the process,” Dockstader said. “The court has issued their decision. Now, let’s continue with the process.”