With Roe Vs Wade Overturned, What Does That Mean For Montana?
No matter what side of the issue you're on, today will go down as a historic day in the United States of America. The United States Supreme Court has overturned Roe Vs Wade, which means that states are now allowed to ban abortion.
Roe Vs Wade dates back to 1973 and has been a subject of intense debate ever since. There have been rumors that the Supreme Court would overrule the landmark case for a few months now, and we've seen protests all over the country, including many here in Montana.
In fact, when we put up a poll to find out how Montanans felt about Roe Vs Wade and the potential for the decision to be overturned, over 60 percent of Montanans that responded were in favor of leaving it as it is. This might come as a surprise to many considering that much of Montana is considered a "Red" state.
So, what does this mean for Montana?
Well, in a nutshell, it means that the state of Montana now has the power to ban abortion. Currently, according to Gutmacher Institute, the state has the following restrictions:
"An abortion may be performed at or after viability only in cases of life endangerment or severely compromised health."
Although the Institute predicts that the state of Montana will eventually ban abortion altogether. Several surrounding states have already taken steps to ensure that abortion will be banned in their states.
According to Forbes, South Dakota's ban on abortion will go into effect this Friday. Bans in North Dakota and Utah will go into effect once the state government certifies the ruling. Wyoming's ban will go into effect 5 days after the Governor certifies the law has been overturned and Idaho's ban will take place in 30 days.
One thing is for sure, no matter where you stand on the subject, we certainly haven't heard the last of it.