CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Bishop Steven Biegler of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade today.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling, which overturns Roe v. Wade, a law that has been in place for
nearly fifty years, places the legality of abortion in the hands of each state. Wyoming is among 13
states with trigger bans in place.
On March 15, 2022, Governor Gordon signed into law HB 92 Abortion Prohibition-Supreme
Court Decision. The law states: “An abortion shall not be performed after the embryo or fetus has
reached viability except when necessary to preserve the woman from an imminent peril that
substantially endangers her life or health, according to appropriate medical judgment.” In
addition, the law states that no funds appropriated by the legislature of the state of Wyoming
shall be used to pay for abortions except when the pregnancy is the result of incest or rape. The
law can only go into effect after the governor certifies the Supreme Court’s decision.
The Supreme Court ruling is bound to stir the emotions and fears of many people—whether pro-life or pro-abortion, but now is the time for all people of goodwill to engage in reasonableBishop Steven Biegler
discourse and decision-making. We also must encourage all people, including our state
legislators, to advocate for services that will support families and accompany women
experiencing unplanned pregnancies by providing resources and assistance so that children will
be welcomed into the world with love and provided essential care that all human persons