Having already passed the full Montana state House on votes of 67-33, four pro-life bills passed Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The party-line vote was seven Republicans in favor, four Democrats opposed. The proposals now head to the full Senate.
As NRL News Today reported on January 26, three of the four are bills vetoed in 2020 by pro-abortion Gov. Steve Bullock (D) who was replaced by pro-life Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte.
The bills include House Bill 140, a ban on abortions performed on pain-capable unborn children, conservatively estimated at 20 weeks gestation; House Bill 140 which offers the opportunity for abortion-minded women to view an ultrasound of their unborn child; and House Bill 171 that requires women undergoing chemical (or “medication”) abortions first have an in-person visit with a doctor.
The new bill —House Bill 167–would create a ballot referendum that would require abortionists to provide babies who survive an abortion with the same level of medical care as any other baby born at a similar gestation age.
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Democrats, of course, criticized the bills. “Again, this is an attempt to interfere in the decision of women, with their right to privacy, and their physician,” said Sen. Diane Sands, the Montana Free Press reported.
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 at National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.