Montana Governor Greg Gianforte (R) Monday signed into law three pro-life bills that are currently being applauded by conservatives and raise hopes of ending abortion practices in the future.

While the recently pronounced legislations do not prohibit abortion, they do mark an effort to at least restrict it as much as possible. Gianforte signed three bills Monday that seek to limit the practices within the state, including a law banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

“Life is precious and ought to be protected.” Gianforte wrote on his Twitter account. “Today, I proudly signed into law bills to protect the life of our most vulnerable, the unborn.”

One piece of legislation signed by the governor bans abortions after the 20th week of gestation, a time stipulated by scientists at which unborn babies are sure to experience pain.

The other two bills state that health care professionals will be required to offer pregnant women the opportunity to view an ultrasound before performing an abortion. The other requires that abortion-inducing drugs for pregnant women be administered in person rather than via telemedicine.

“It’s a promising day, a day that will go down in our state’s history as we defend life,” Gianforte said, thanking Republican Representatives Lola Sheldon-Galloway (R-Great Falls), Amy Regier for Montana House District, and Sharon Greef (R-Florence) for supporting and pursuing the bills in the Montana legislature. 

The new laws mark a shift in the state’s approach to abortion regulation. Montana, after 16 years governed by Democrats, had vetoed past attempts by the Republican-controlled Legislature to limit access to abortion practices. Montana thus joins several other GOP-led states in passing additional restrictions on abortion access.

Sheldon-Galloway, a significant proponent of the initiative, spoke of the marked pro-life change in Montana with Gianforte’s arrival in the governor’s seat, acknowledging his collaboration and work favoring enacting pro-life actions. 

“We have waited 48 years to see our governor in Montana sign this bill,” Sheldon-Galloway said.

As always, in these types of cases, pro-abortion movements, complicit with the big abortion industry firms, rejected the measures, claiming without merit that they will disproportionately harm low-income rural and Native American residents in the state. They assured that the measures would be rejected in the Courts, leading to a new legal battle.

Montana Republican lawmakers also attempted this year to pass a constitutional amendment to define life as beginning at conception, thus banning all abortions. The measure came within five votes of receiving the necessary two-thirds majority of the Legislature to pass.

 

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