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Wyoming

Refusal to Provide Medical Services

ABORTION REFUSAL CLAUSE

Wyoming allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide abortion services.

To whom does the refusal clause apply? Individuals, private hospitals, institutions, or facilities.

What does the refusal clause allow? No person may be required to participate or assist in the provision of abortion care. The refusal of a person to participate may not be a basis for civil liability, discrimination in employment, or the imposition of other sanctions by a hospital, person, firm, association, or group. A person injured due to a violation of this provision may bring a civil action for damages or injunctive relief.

No private hospital, institution, or facility may be required to permit abortion care or to admit a woman for the purpose of providing abortion care. The refusal of a private hospital, institution, or facility to permit or admit may not be a basis for civil liability.

Does the law require the refusing entity to notify the persons affected? Yes. A private hospital, institution, or facility must inform any woman seeking abortion services of its policy not to permit or admit.

Are there circumstances under which a refusal clause may not be exercised? No.

Does the law require the refusing individual or entity to provide medically and factually accurate information or provide a referral for abortion services? No.

Does the law provide a mechanism for women to otherwise obtain specific reproductive-health services, information, or referrals if an individual and/or entity exercises a refusal clause? No.

Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 35-6-105, -106, -114(Enacted 1977).

FAMILY-PLANNING REFUSAL CLAUSE

Wyoming allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide family-planning services.

To whom does the refusal clause apply? State employees.

What does the refusal clause allow? No person who contracts with, receives payment from, or is employed by the department of health, who objects on the basis of personal or religious beliefs, may be required to offer family-planning services. The refusal shall not be the basis for any disciplinary action, discrimination in employment, or loss in pay or benefits. This personal or religious exemption may not abridge an individual's right to obtain family-planning services.

Does the law require the refusing entity to notify the persons affected? No.

Are there circumstances under which a refusal clause may not be exercised? No.

Does the law require the refusing individual or entity to provide medically and factually accurate information or provide a referral for family planning and birth control services? No.

Does the law provide a mechanism for women to otherwise obtain specific reproductive-health services, information, or referrals if an individual and/or entity exercises a refusal clause? No.

Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 42-5-101(d), -102(a)(ii) (Enacted 1969; Last Amended 1988).

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