Overcome with emotion, Dr. Giovannina Anthony tearfully hugged her attorneys minutes after a court hearing temporarily halted Wyoming’s abortion ban the same day it went into effect.

Calling it an “extraordinary remedy,” 9th District Court Judge Melissa Owens granted the temporary restraining order after concluding that Anthony and her patients faced “possible irreparable harm.”

Abortion ban restraining order hearing

John Robinson, an attorney with Robinson Welch Bramlet LLC, makes oral argument on behalf of plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging Wyoming’s impending law banning most abortions in the state during a hearing Wednesday in Ninth District Court in Jackson.

Abortion TRO hearing

Wyoming’s Special Assistant Attorney General Jay Jerde, left, appears via video conference for a hearing in Judge Melissa Owens’ Ninth District Court to argue against a temporary restraining order that would block a state law banning most abortions.

Abortion ban restraining order hearing

Danielle Johnson, one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging Wyoming's impending law banning most abortions in the state, listens during a hearing Wednesday in Wyoming's Ninth District Court requesting a temporary restraining order on the bill.

Abortion ban restraining order hearing

Wyoming Ninth District Court Judge Melissa Owens issues a temporary restraining order Wednesday preventing the state’s law banning most abortions from being implemented.

Contact Kate Ready at 732-7076 or kready@jhnewsandguide.com.

Kate Ready covers criminal justice and emergency news. Originally from Denver, Kate studied English Literature at UC Berkeley and is excited to bring her love for the mountains and storytelling to Jackson.

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