(Helena, MT) — A Montana law requiring parental consent for minors under 16 to get an abortion is being struck down. Lewis and Clark County District Judge Chris Abbott declared the 2013 law to be unconstitutional this week, arguing it goes against right to privacy laws in the state. The Attorney General’s Office is expected to appeal the ruling. Judge Abbott is sending a different abortion law that requires parental notification to trial. While the parental consent law was passed by the legislature, the notification law was put on the books thanks to a voter referendum in 2012.
Judge Strikes Down MT Abortion Law