Montana ‘Personhood’ Amendment (HB 425)
This law was last updated on Apr 25, 2016
HB 425 would amend the Montana Constitution to read as follows: “Section 17. Due process of law. (1) No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.”
The word person would apply “to all members of the species Homo sapiens at any stage of development, including the stage of fertilization or conception, regardless of age, health, level of functioning, or condition of dependency.”
The bill would ban abortion, birth control pills, IUDs, and emergency contraception. In addition, it would eliminate certain medical choices for women, including some cancer treatments and in vitro fertilization, and might lead to investigation and prosecution of women who miscarry to determine if their own actions caused the death of the fetus.
Passed the House (54-46) but died in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Identical to HB 490, which failed to pass in 2011.