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Montana Supreme Court blocks anti-abortion law

Posted at 4:52 PM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-29 23:34:11-04

HELENA – In a four to three ruling, the Montana Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling issuing a preliminary injunction against a law preventing Advanced Practice Registered Nurses from performing abortions.

In 2005, Montana legislators passed a law that said only licensed physicians and certified physicians could perform abortions.

The law was challenged in 2018 by Helena Weems and an unidentified woman who claimed the law violated Montana’s constitutional rights of privacy, equal protection and dignity.

Justices Beth baker, mike McGrath, Dirk Sandefur and Ingrid Gustafson were in the majority.

Justices Jim Rice, Laurie McKinnon and Jim Shea dissented.

You can read the full court document here.