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Legislature House defeats ultrasound-before-abortion bill

Split Republican vote leads bill to fail on 53-47 vote

HELENA (AP) — A proposal to require an ultrasound for women seeking an abortion failed in the state Legislature on Friday, delivering abortion foes a defeat that also showed fracture in the big GOP majority in the Montana House.

The bill sparked extended emotional debate over an always controversial issue, with Republican opponents saying the measure went too far in proposing such a mandate on doctor-patient relationships.

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