Montana’s Pro-Choice grade?

A-.

Not bad, considering that the nation as a whole earns a whopping D-.

What could we do better?

  • Montana currently upholds an unconstitutional counseling requirement that a woman may not receive an abortion until 24 hours after a physician (or physician’s agent) provides her with state-mandated information, including: physical and psychological risks of abortion, lists of adoption agencies, anatomical drawings of the “unborn child” at two-week gestational increments, and information regarding state-funded pre- and neo-natal care.
  • Montana also upholds a “parental notification” law, similar to that recently denied in California, that states that a young pregnant woman under the age of 18 cannot be granted an abortion until 48 hours after at least one parent has been notified of her intent by the physician or the physician’s agent.  State courts have held that this law is unconstitutional because it infringes, “without adequate justification, the privacy rights of pregnant young women who wish to terminate their pregnancies.” Wicklund v. State, No. ADV-97-671 (Mont. Dist. Ct. Feb. 12, 1999) (summary judgment), No. ADV-97-671 (Mont. Dist. Ct. Feb. 25, 1999) (permanent injunction), appeal filed, No. 99-311 (Mont. Apr. 15, 1999), appeal dismissed, (Mont. Nov. 29, 1999).  A young women can receive permission from a judge, but not until she has provided evidence that she has suffered from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from one or both parents.
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Congratulations, President Obama!

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I’ve never been so emotionally invested in an election in my life. We’ve all worked hard for this, and here it is. Thank you, America!

(And an exceptional concession speech from John McCain. It was a hard-fought battle, and all parties should be commended for their efforts. In light of the values of our new country (!), let’s put aside our differences and work together to make this country the wonderful place we know it can be.)

UPDATE: I woke up this morning and Obama is still the President-Elect. We have more winners as of 7:20 a.m. (we think, hope, etc., with 98% of precincts reporting)! Congratulations:

  • Senator Max Baucus
  • Governor Brian Schweitzer and Lt. Governor John Bohlinger
  • Secretary of State Linda McCulloch
  • Attorney General Steve Bullock
  • State Auditor Monica Lindeen
  • Superintendent Denise Juneau
  • Supreme Court Justice Patricia Cotter
  • Representative Mike Jopek
  • Representative Cheryl Steenson (won by 22 votes!)
  • Chief Justice Mike McGrath

It’s been a hard race – and for those of you who didn’t prevail this time around: Don’t give up the ship!

Our day is over in Montana

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Not again…

We just got rid of CI-100, and now  I hear this from Pro-Choice Montana:

State Sen. Dan McGee of Laurel recently requested the state’s legislative services to draft a bill that would amend Montana’s constitution to limit the right to privacy, allowing politicians to infringe upon that right in order to protect “an unborn human life.” This bill could effectively outlaw abortion in the state and interfere in medical decision-making for pregnant women. Sen. McGee introduced similar legislation in 2003 that was defeated in the state House.”

What will they throw at us next?  A similar measure was also introduced in 2007 that only failed by a margin of seven points.  We need to make sure that this legislation can’t even make it to a vote.

Please visit this site to see what you can do to help fight this bill.