Additional Abortion Information

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In the 2015 Montana legislative session there were multiple bills that dealt with abortion, pregnancy, etc. Below is information about some of those bills.

 

HB 479: “Revise laws regarding fetal surgery”

Sponsored by: Rep. Albert Olszewski (R) HD 11

Bill summary: This bill required, except in the case of medical emergency or the refusal of a woman to provide informed consent, anesthesia to be administered to any unborn child from the point of 20 weeks on when any medical procedure capable of causing physical pain and suffering is being performed on the child.

The Montana Catholic Conference SUPPORTED this bill and testified in support. 

Bill history: The bill passed the House and was concurred by the Senate. To find all audio & video of testimony and debate for this bill, please click here.

This bill was vetoed by Governor Bullock. To read the veto text, please click here.

 

HB 587: “Requiring physical presence of practitioners when performing abortion services”

Sponsored by: Rep. Keith Regier (R) HD 4

Bill summary: This bill required that medical practitioners be physically present when performing or providing certain abortion services (e.g., prescribing, administer, or dispensing a drug/device to induce a chemical abortion).

The Montana Catholic Conference SUPPORTED this bill and testified in support.

Bill history: The bill passed the House and was concurred by the Senate. To find all audio & video of testimony and debate for this bill, please click here.

This bill was vetoed by Governor Bullock. To read the veto text, please click here.

 

SB 349: “Allow for options in health insurance coverage of abortion services”

Sponsored by: Sen. Cary Smith (R) SD 27

Bill summary: This bill would have required an issuer who offers health insurance coverage that includes elective abortion coverage to also offer coverage that does not include elective abortion. In addition, it also required that the issuer of the health coverage and those who assist individuals in using an exchange provide notice regarding whether or not a health coverage plan includes coverage for elective abortion.

The Montana Catholic Conference SUPPORTED this bill and testified in support.

Bill history: The bill passed the Senate and was concurred by the House with an amendment that was later concurred by the Senate. To find all audio & video of testimony and debate for this bill, please click here.  

This bill was vetoed by Governor Bullock. To read the veto text, please click here.

 

HB 197: “Provide for an enhanced sentence for assault on a pregnant woman”

Sponsored by: Rep. Keith Regier (R) HD 4

Bill summary: This bill provided for an enhanced sentence for a person convicted of a forcible felony against a pregnant woman.

The Montana Catholic Conference SUPPORTED this bill and testified in support.

Bill history: The bill passed the House and was concurred by the Senate. To find all audio & video of testimony and debate for this bill, please click here.

The bill was signed by Governor Bullock.