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Several bills brought forward this session in the Montana Legislature aim to restrict access to abortions, a move that supporters say protects life and opponents say will disproportionately impact Montanans who already face challenges accessing health care.

The bills cover a variety of subjects related to abortion, like when the procedure can be done, how it can be paid for and how it can be prescribed. With Republicans holding a large majority in both the House and Senate and a Republican in the governor’s seat for the first time in more than a decade-and-a-half, many Republican lawmakers are pushing bills similar to ones that have been shot down in the past.

As of Feb. 12, six bills had been introduced that would restrict access to abortion or change how the procedure is done. Five had passed the House and are in various stages in their journeys to the Senate floor. House Bill 337, a proposed constitutional amendment to change the definition of "person," was heard by a committee on Feb. 9.


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