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Montana ‘Personhood’ Amendment (HB 595)

This law was last updated on Jul 6, 2017

This law is Anti–Choice




HB 595


Failed to Pass


Mar 15, 2017


Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 1

Full Bill Text

HB 595 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.”

If passed, the bill would be submitted to the voters for the election in November, 2018.

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.

Related Legislation

Identical to HB 425 and HB 490, both of which failed to pass in previous legislative sessions.


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