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Montana Abortion Restrictions Blocked by State Court Judge

Oct. 8, 2021, 7:08 PM

All eyes may be on Texas, but the debate over laws restricting abortion is going on in other states as well, including Montana, where a trial court judge blocked three provisions from taking effect before trial.

Montana’s new laws criminalize abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation, essentially ban telehealth pill-induced abortions, and require providers to give patients the opportunity to see ultrasound images and listen to fetal heart tones.

Planned Parenthood Montana and physician Joey Banks are likely to succeed on their claim that the provisions violate the state constitution’s privacy, equal protection, and due process guarantees, the Montana District Court, ...