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Montana Gov Signs Not 1, But 3 Pro-Life Bills Into Law

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Republican Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has signed three pro-life bills into law, a major victory for anti-abortion advocates.

The three bills ban abortions after 20 weeks (when an unborn child can feel pain), require an ultrasound to be offered prior to an abortion and mandate that abortion drugs need to be administered in person, stipulating that women desiring an abortion engage in a medical consultation prior to being given drugs to end a pregnancy.

“Life is precious and ought to be protected,” Gianforte tweeted Monday.

“Today, I proudly signed into law bills to protect the life of our most vulnerable, the unborn.”

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Republican state Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway said that the laws were long-awaited after the controversial Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973.

“We have waited 48 years to see our governor in Montana sign this bill,” she said, according to The Associated Press.

However, not everyone is happy with the new laws, including Executive Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana Caitlin Borgmann.

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“These bills represent the worst kind of government overreach — placing the government between patients and the medical care they deserve,” Borgmann said.

“Republicans have plowed ahead despite clear warning that the bills are unconstitutional and will be challenged in court.”

These sweeping new restrictions come as a wave of pro-life legislation is being signed across the country by Republican governors.

Idaho and Oklahoma signed heartbeat bills into law last week, meaning an abortion cannot legally take place after a baby’s heartbeat is detected.

In Arizona, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1457 into law Tuesday, which prevents abortions on the basis of “genetic abnormalities” such as down syndrome.

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“Every life holds immeasurable value — regardless of genetic makeup. Today I signed legislation to prioritize life in our preborn children and protect those with genetic abnormalities,” Ducey tweeted.

“Arizona remains among the top pro-life states in the nation, and my sincere thanks goes to Senator Nancy Barto for her leadership and work on this life-saving issue and to those who supported this bill.”

While no state can completely outlaw abortion, the pro-life movement has made major strides toward protecting the lives of the unborn.

States that do put restrictions on abortion should also make sure to improve their state’s adoption and foster care system — to assure that mothers have good options for their children outside the womb as well.

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Cameron Arcand is a political commentator based in Orange County, California. His "Young Not Stupid" column launched at The Western Journal in January 2021, making Cameron one of the youngest columnists for a national news outlet in the United States. He has appeared on One America News, and has been a Young America's Foundation member since 2019.
Cameron Arcand is a political commentator based in Orange County, California. In 2017 as a school project, he founded YoungNotStupid.com, which has grown exponentially since its founding. He has interviewed several notable conservative figures, including Dave Rubin, Peggy Grande and Madison Cawthorn.

In September 2020, Cameron joined The Western Journal as a Commentary Writer, where he has written articles on topics ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the "Recall Gavin Newsom" effort and the 2020 election aftermath. The "Young Not Stupid" column launched at The Western Journal in January 2021, making Cameron one of the youngest columnists for a national news outlet in the United States. He has appeared on One America News, and has been a Young America's Foundation member since 2019.
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