(Reuters) -Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon on Friday signed into law a bill outlawing the use of abortion pills that was approved by state legislators earlier this month.
Gordon, a Republican, signed the legislation as a federal judge in Texas considers ordering a nationwide ban on the abortion pill mifepristone in response to a lawsuit by anti-abortion groups.
Legal fights over abortion rights have ramped up in the United States following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing the procedure.
Some abortion providers say that if mifepristone is banned, they would switch to a regimen using only misoprostol for a medication abortion.
A misoprostol-only regimen is considered less effective, and it is not yet clear how widely available it would be.
(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Eric Beech)