What happened in the spring of 2013 at the Capitol in Helena? Find out at PPAMT 2013 Legislative Scorecard (48MB, PDF file).
The 63rd Montana Legislature was fraught with bills that would jeopardize the ability of teens to access medically accurate sexuality education, ban Planned Parenthood educators from providing educational resources to schools, put vulnerable teens in harm’s way, and bills specifically aimed at stripping women of their constitutional rights to make private medical decisions.
Anti-choice lawmakers showed their fundamental disregard for the rights of Montana’s families to keep their medical decisions private from government intrusion. The women’s health and choice community again fought off a number of anti-choice bills, attempts to deny funding and access to reproductive healthcare for Montana families, and a lack of respect for women.
Both chambers of Montana’s legislature hold anti-choice majorities, and while they could pass restrictive bills in both chambers, the Governor was firm in standing with Montana women. To avoid the Governor’s inevitable veto pen, these anti-choice lawmakers often attempted to bring legislative referendums, sending referendums to the ballot instead of performing their duties as lawmakers in the Capitol.
PPAMT 2013 Legislative Scorecard (48MB, PDF file)