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Abortion-Rights Advocates Urge Opposition to Restrictions in Mont.

In related news, abortion-rights supporters on Friday gathered in Billings, Mont., to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade and call for continued opposition to restrictions on reproductive rights in the state, Helena Independent Record reports.

Abortion-Rights Advocates Urge Opposition to Restrictions in Mont.

January 26, 2016 — Abortion-rights supporters on Friday gathered in Billings, Mont., to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wadeand call for continued opposition to restrictions on reproductive rights in the state, Helena Independent Record reports.

Speaking at the rally, Martha Stahl, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Montana, said, "Ending access to abortions will not end abortions. It will end access to safe and legal abortions with medical assistance." Stahl added, "At Planned Parenthood, we will never back down, and we will never shut our doors."

State Reps. Jessica Karjala (D) and Kathy Kelker (D) also spoke at the rally. Karjala said, "A woman's right to choose ... should not depend on other people's approval, and it should not depend on where she lives." Kelker added that decision to have an abortion "cannot and should not be made by anyone but the woman, perhaps her family and her physicians."

The speakers also criticized Texas' omnibus antiabortion rights law (HB 2), which is facing a legal challenge before the Supreme Court in March (Olson, Helena Independent Record, 1/22). HB 2 has already closed about half of the abortion clinics in Texas. The case, Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, centers on two provisions. One requires abortion clinics in the state to meet the same building standards as ambulatory surgical centers, and the other requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals (Women's Health Policy Report, 1/6).