Three major new pro-life bills have passed the Montana House and Senate and soon will be on their way to the desk of pro-life Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte. A fourth proposal—two versions of a “Born-Alive” bill—is working its way through the legislative process.
NRL News Today has reported on the proposals on several occasions in detail. Among the four are three bills vetoed in 2020 by pro-abortion Gov. Steve Bullock (D) who was replaced by Gov. Gianforte.
The bills include the following:
*House Bill 136 would ban abortions performed on pain-capable unborn children who are 20 weeks gestation age. HB 136 passed the state House on a vote of 66-34 and the state Senate by 31-19.
**House Bill 140 offers the opportunity for abortion-minded women to view an ultrasound of their unborn child. The House approved HB 140 on a tally of 68-32 while the Senate’s equally impressive margin was 30-20.
*House Bill 171is an omnibus measure which requires women undergoing chemical (or “medication”) abortions to first have an in-person visit. The abortionist must be credentialed in handing complications and risk management. In addition, the abortionist would be required to inform the woman that if she change her mind after taking the first of two drugs, she may be able to save her baby. HB 171 passed in House by a vote of 67-33 and in the Senate, 31-19.
There are two born-alive proposals.
One would require “‘all medically appropriate and reasonable actions to preserve the life and health’” of any child born as the result of natural, induced or cesarean labor or an abortion,” according to Holly Michels of the Helena Independent Record. The second has similar language but “is a referendum that would put the issue to voters in 2022.”
LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in his National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.