Court enjoins Montana’s D&E abortion ban immediately after governor’s signature

Less than 48 hours after a law protecting preborn children from brutal D&E dismemberment abortion procedures was signed into law by Montana Governor Greg Gianforte, a district court judge has blocked it.

House Bill 7221 took effect immediately upon Gianforte’s signature Tuesday, and for the almost 48 hours it was in effect, it protected preborn children from D&E dismemberment abortions — the most commonly used abortion procedure in the second trimester. During a D&E abortion, the abortionist uses a clamp to tear the child’s arms and legs off before crushing her skull. It’s a violent process that has left abortion workers with nightmares.

Women who undergo the procedure are at increased risk of uterine perforation and infection. Second-trimester abortions are much more complicated than earlier abortions — and as the child develops, the risks to the mother increase. In June of 2020, Live Action News reported that one abortion business injured two women so horrifically during D&E abortions that the women were “mangled” and hospital staff that cared for them were traumatized. One woman had to have her bowel resected and the other received a hysterectomy. Parts of their babies were pushed through the holes created in the uterus by the abortion.



Gov. Gianforte said earlier in May that using this abortion procedure “for nontherapeutic or elective reasons is a barbaric practice, dangerous for the mother, and demeaning to the medical profession.”

“House Bill 721 makes clear that it has no place in Montana,” he said.

After the law went into effect on Tuesday, Planned Parenthood of Montana asked a state judge to temporarily block the law, calling the law a “grave threat to Montanans’ health and safety.” Planned Parenthood had previously attempted to block the law before it was even signed, but was prohibited by a judge who said the abortion giant acted prematurely.

Abortionists who broke the law would have faced a fine of up to $50,000 and imprisonment of five to 10 years.

The law will remain temporarily blocked as District Court Judge Mike Menahan hears oral arguments next week and the case plays out in court.

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