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Montana Governor Vetoes Bills On Abortion, Concealed Weapons

May 9, 2017
Gov. Steve Bullock.
Freddy Monares - UM Legislative News Service

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed a proposal that would bar doctors from performing late-term abortions and another that sought to allow lawmakers to carry concealed weapons in the Capitol and other state property.

The vetoes were among the seven his office announced Tuesday as he continued to sift through a pile of bills sent to him by now-adjourned lawmakers.

Two Abortion Bills Remain In Montana Legislature

Apr 18, 2017
Montana Capitol.
Eric Whitney

HELENA — There are two abortion bills still in play in the 2017 Montana Legislature.

Senate Bill 329, or the Montana Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act, would make it a felony for providers to perform abortions after about five months of pregnancy unless there’s a medical emergency. The bill needs one more vote to get to the governor’s desk.

Bill Would Prohibit Abortions After Five Months Of Pregnancy

Apr 12, 2017

HELENA — The Montana House gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a bill that would make it illegal for physicians to perform abortions after five months of pregnancy.

Senate Bill 329 provides an exception for medical emergencies that threaten the life of the mother. The House passed the bill on a 60-40 vote, and will hold a final vote Thursday.

An anti-abortion bill that would force doctors to save a potentially viable fetus is a step closer to the governor's desk.

It passed the Montana House on a near party line vote Wednesday, and would ban abortions if there is a better-than-half probability that a fetus can survive outside a mother's womb.

Montana House Advances Ballot Measure Defining 'Person'

Mar 30, 2017
Montana Capitol.
William Marcus

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana House voted along party lines to advance a measure seeking to let voters to define a "person" as a fertilized egg at the moment of conception.

The proposed referendum won endorsement 59-41 on Thursday and still faces a third-reading vote. It needs the support of two-thirds of lawmakers to be placed on the ballot.

A Montana senator from Kalispell went before lawmakers today to ask for statewide restrictions on when women can have abortions. Republican Al Olszewski introduced his bill to ban late-term abortions this morning in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Two years after the only health clinic in the Flathead Valley that provided abortions was violently destroyed, its former owner is suing a local ministry group. 

Susan Cahill’s All Families Health Care clinic was vandalized by Zachary Klundt in March 2014.

Our ongoing abortion debate focuses on the important moral question of the rights of the fetus, the mother, and government.  But we don’t talk much about the rights of mothers and their babies—after birth.  Hear what Gregg Trude of “Right to Life of Montana” has to say, on this episode of "Home Ground Radio".

Susan Cahill says she had over 400 regular patients that came to her for general family practice medicine.
Corin Cates-Carney

When Zachary Klundt broke into and vandalized All Families Healthcare in Kalispell, in March 2014, he destroyed the only clinic providing abortions in the Flathead Valley.

Now, over a year later, the clinic remains closed, and the building is now used to help people file taxes.

After a three day sentencing hearing, the case involving the vandalism and closing of the Flathead Valley’s only clinic to provide abortions came to an end today.

Twenty four year-old Zachary Klundt received a 20-year sentence with 15 years suspended for destroying All Families Healthcare clinic in Kalispell. Klundt will also pay the clinics’ owner, Susan Cahill and other victims over 600,000 dollars in restitution.

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