An article in the Montana Free Press discusses the state of abortion rights and access in Montana, including a 1999 state Supreme Court decision in Armstrong v. State, a case brought by the Center for Reproductive Rights and partners concerning a law that prohibited physician assistants from providing abortion care.
“Not only is there sort of a lack of a health interest in the restriction at issue in that case, but it was passed under the guise of protecting patients’ health,” said Hillary Schneller, Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights. “So lawmakers are saying they’re doing this to protect a patient’s safety, but it’s really because they don’t like abortion. And that’s absolutely not a valid reason to restrict a person’s right to this essential health care.”
Read the full article in the Montana Free Press.