The Annual “40 Days for Life” kicked off on September 22nd statewide in Montana and across the nation. All are encouraged to join in these non-judgemental gatherings to pray and fast for the unborn.
HELENA — On Sept. 22, 40 Days for Life will begin their fall advocacy for the end of abortion. While new laws have significantly changed access to abortion in Montana, advocates say more needs to be done.
40 Days for Life is an international, Christian advocacy group that seeks to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and an all-day vigil in front of abortion businesses. The organization reports they have more than 1 million members that participate in hundreds of cities across the world.
In 2021, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte signed several bills affecting abortion: House bills 136, 140, 171, and 229. Not a single Democratic lawmaker voted for any of the bills.
The new laws essentially ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, require that any woman considering an abortion must be given a chance to view an ultrasound and hear the fetal heartbeat, severely restricts the distribution of abortion-inducing drugs, and prohibits subsidized health-insurance plans on the Affordable Care Act marketplace from covering abortion.
Helena Students for Life President Kaitlyn Ruch told MTN the situation is encouraging after 16 years of similar laws being vetoed under Democrat governors.
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