Montana Hires Ex-Planned Parenthood PR Flack to Head Tourism

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 27, 2011   |   5:55PM   |   Helena, MT

Travelers thinking of heading to the beautiful state of Montana for a vacation may be re-thinking their decision now that the administration of pro-abortion Gov. Brian Schweitzer has hired a former Planned Parenthood PR person to head up promoting tourism.

Montana apparently needs to look to other states for more people to visit since the new head of the Montana Promotions Division is a woman who conducted public relations for a company engaged in the business of destroying lives. Commerce Director Dore Schwinden announced today that Jeri Duran has been hired as the new administrator of the Montana Promotions Division, the department that oversees tourism and film production.

Duran was the sales and marketing director for the Montana Lottery for more than six years but she is better known by pro-life advocates in the state as the former director of marketing and public affairs for Planned Parenthood-Montana, which runs abortion businesses in multiple locations in the Big Sky state.

That Governor Schweitzer hired the public affairs guru for the nation’s number one abortion business to head state tourism is no surprise. He’s repeatedly upset pro-life Montanans — most recently when he voted a bill that would have protected girls and their parents on the issue of abortion on minors.

Montana currently has few laws to limit abortions or allow parents to know when their minor daughter is considering one because of a state Supreme Court ruling in the Armstrong case that essentially had the court overturning pro-life laws in Montana by claiming they violate the privacy provision in the state constitution created before Roe v. Wade and that had nothing to do with abortion. The drafters meant to apply the privacy clause to government surveillance like wiretapping.

The bill would have required girls under the age of 18 to inform their parents or guardian when they are considering an abortion. The measure would allow lawmakers to take the proposal to the state ballot in 2012 should the governor veto another measure protecting teens and parents rights.

Earlier in the year, Schweitzer vetoed a bill that would protect taxpayers from having to pay for abortions with their tax dollars under the Obamacare health care law.

The national health care law has all 50 states creating state health insurance exchanges, but Obamacare contains no provisions preventing taxpayer funding of abortions. What the bill did include was a provision states could use to opt out of the abortion funding under the exchanges.

While several states have already taken advantage of the opt out provision and others are working on legislation, Schweitzer vetoed legislation the Montana legislature approved to opt out of the abortion funding. The law would very likely send taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood, the same organization his new tourism department administrator worked for years ago.

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