Planned Parenthood in Montana will no longer provide medical abortions to residents of states where abortions have been banned – and will now require proof of residency from anyone seeking this treatment.
Planned Parenthood Montana President Martha Fuller made the announcement in an email to staff Thursday morning.
Surgical abortions will still be available to people in all states, she noted.
The ban on medical abortions applies to residents who reside in states with outright bans in place, including South Dakota, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. Trigger bans in North Dakota and Wyoming are expected to take place within weeks.
Fuller did not elaborate on why access to medical abortion, which involves patients taking two separate pills, was restricted while the surgical abortion policy is unchanged.
But Montana Planned Parenthood may be trying to avoid potential lawsuits that could arise if a patient takes their pills to induce an abortion in a state where abortion is illegal.
The requirements for surgical abortion are likely unchanged, as the procedure must be performed in person at a clinic.
Planned Parenthood in Montana will no longer provide medical abortion to residents of states where abortions have been banned and will require proof of residency from anyone seeking this treatment
“As you know, the abortion access landscape is rapidly changing in our region,” Fuller wrote in his email to Montana staff.
“The risks of interstate service provision are currently less than clear, with the potential for civil and criminal action to provide abortions in prohibiting states.”
Although abortions remain legal in Montana, the four states surrounding it have already banned or begun the process of banning abortion through trigger bans – laws in place that make abortion illegal. in case of cancellation of Roe v. Wade, as it happened. June 24.
“Let’s be clear: Planned Parenthood of Montana will continue to serve out-of-state patients seeking abortions,” Fuller told The Daily Beast in a statement.
Planned Parenthood Montana President Martha Fuller (above) made the announcement in an email to staff on Thursday morning
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Planned Parenthood Montana’s move will likely just be the start of a chaotic period as states find ways to provide people with abortions or prevent women from getting them.
Already, states like Texas and Oklahoma have begun enacting laws aimed at preventing its citizens from having out-of-state abortions.
Fuller’s announcement is indicative of the defensive stance of abortion clinics and advocates in Republican-majority areas of the country.
“We’ll end up in a country where we’ve got this patchwork of states where abortion access is available and states where it’s not, and you know, I can already see the chaos that’s starting to unfold. produce,” Fuller said in a statement. Friday after the overthrow of Roe v. Wade was announced.
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The Montana news comes as President Biden has vowed to fight for abortion laws, while claiming the US Supreme Court is “destabilizing” America with its “outrageous” ruling.
Speaking to reporters at the end of a NATO summit in Madrid, Spain, he condemned the decision and its impact.
“America is in a better position to lead the world than we have ever been,” he said.
“But one thing that has been destabilizing is the outrageous behavior of the United States Supreme Court in not only overturning Roe v. Wade, but essentially challenging the right to privacy.”
And he said he would support an exclusion so Democrats in Congress can pass laws to protect abortion rights, even without 60 votes in the Senate.
‘The first and most important thing we should do is make it clear how outrageous this decision was and how much of an impact it has – not only on a woman’s right to choose, which is critical and critical — but about privacy in general,’ Biden said. .
“And so I’m going to talk to the governors about what action they think I should take as well.”
In Florida and Kentucky, abortions could resume temporarily after judges barred states from enforcing the bans on Thursday.
Kentucky is one of thirteen states that implemented a trip ban after Roe’s June 24 cancellation.
Kentucky Judge Mitch Perry granted a temporary restraining order on Thursday to prevent the state from enforcing a ban triggered by the Supreme Court’s 6-3 vote – the state passed the trigger law in 2019 .
“We are pleased the court has recognized the devastation occurring in Kentucky and has decided to block the Commonwealth’s cruel abortion bans,” Planned Parenthood said in a statement.
Kentucky Judge Mitch Perry issued an order to stop the state from enforcing a trigger law he passed in 2019
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The ban has been lifted since its implementation on Friday following the Supreme Court’s decision. The state intended to limit abortions so that they would only be permitted if necessary to prevent death or injury to the mother.
The decision was challenged by Republican State Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who claimed Perry had no right under the Kentucky constitution to allow abortion services to resume.
“We can’t let the same mistake that happened in Roe v. Wade nearly 50 years ago happen again in Kentucky,” Cameron said. “We will seek relief from this order.”
Florida Judge John Cooper temporarily suspended the abortion block after 15 weeks following a petition from abortion advocacy groups. The ban was signed into law by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in April and was due to go into effect on Friday – after Roe’s overthrow.
Advocacy groups including Planned Parenthood and state abortion clinics have filed a lawsuit claiming that Florida’s constitution protects the right to an abortion up to 24 weeks of pregnancy.
“I find the state has failed to provide compelling and credible evidence that this law, HB 5, is in a compelling public interest to protect,” Cooper said while agreeing with advocacy groups.
The temporary halt to abortions after the 15-week limit is expected to take effect after the judge submits a written order – which he said would not happen on Thursday.