Montana Governor Marc Racicot has signed a ban on certain surgical abortion procedures in the state. Violators of the ban could face up to 10 years imprisonment, a $50,000 fine, and could have their medical licenses permanently revoked.
A previous ban enacted 2 years ago was found to be unconstitutional and struck down last June after opponents convinced a court that the law was overly vague and could have been interpreted to prohibit all surgical abortions. The court also agreed that the law violated women's right to privacy.
The recent legislation described the banned surgical procedure in greater detail and includes an exemption for doctors who perform the procedure to save a pregnant woman's life.
11/21/2014 Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law - The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider a panel decision blocking enforcement of a Mississippi law that threatened to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state.
In July, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction against a Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals. . . .