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Montana Ballot: A New Parental Notification Law Up for Vote In November

Robin Marty

If it passes, a girl of 16 or younger will need to have a parent talk to the doctor before an abortion.

While every other state touting an anti-choice ballot initiative for November appears intent on trying to give legal rights to fertilized eggs, Montana is looking at a different abortion restriction. Their voters will decide whether or not a girl 16 or younger needs to have her parents talk to the doctor before she can get an abortion.

Via The Belgrade News:

Legislator Jerry Bennett, R–Libby, is the primary sponsor of the referendum, LR 120. The Montana Legislature approved the measure for public vote last year during its session.

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He said the referendum isn’t a pro-life or pro-choice issue.

“It’s not an abortion issue for me, it’s the right to be a parent,” he said. “Voters in Montana should have that right to at least be notified before their child has a major surgery.”

Bennett pointed out various issues that require consent, more than even notification, for minors.

“If your young daughter is about to get her ears pieced or get a tattoo or go to a tanning bed, she needs permission. Why not with this issue?” he said. 

As always, the “right to be a parent” outweighs a teen’s right not to be a parent.

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