Montana Supreme Court unanimously rejects anti-abortion law

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte speaks at a bill signing ceremony on the steps of the State Capitol on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, in Helena, Mont. The state’s Republican-controlled Legislature passed several bills related to abortion access, and Gianforte signed five of them Wednesday, including one that will likely lead the state Supreme Court to reconsider its nearly 25-year-old decision that supports the right to a pre-viability abortion by a provider of the patient’s choice. The Montana Supreme Court used that ruling Friday, May 12, 2023, in saying advanced practice registered nurses could continue providing abortions in Montana. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP, File)

The Montana Supreme Court unanimously extended abortion protections in the state on Friday – amid an ongoing effort by the GOP governor and legislators to erode women’s medical rights.

In a 7-0 decision, the Treasure State’s highest court sided with an advanced practice nurse practitioner and a clinician who challenged a 2005 law that restricted who could provide abortion services.

“[U]nder Montana’s Constitution, the right of individual privacy—that is, the right of personal autonomy or the right to be let alone—is fundamental,” the court noted, citing precedent. “It is, perhaps, one of the most important rights guaranteed to the citizens of this State, and its separate textual protection in our Constitution reflects Montanans’ historical abhorrence and distrust of excessive governmental interference in their personal lives.”

Montana Supreme Court unanimously rejects anti-abortion law

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