(CNS News) -- Montana's Republican governor, Greg Gianforte, signed three pro-life bills into law on Monday, providing greater protection for unborn children and their mothers.
"Life is precious and ought to be protected," said Gov. Gianforte in an Apr. 26 tweet. "Today, I proudly signed into law bills to protect the life of our most vulnerable, the unborn."
House Bill 136, the Montana Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks.
Life is precious and ought to be protected.— Governor Greg Gianforte (@GovGianforte) April 26, 2021
Today, I proudly signed into law bills to protect the life of our most vulnerable, the unborn. pic.twitter.com/RDYnE71gmM
"A person may not perform or attempt to perform an abortion of an unborn child capable of feeling pain unless it is necessary to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child's mother," reads the new law.
"[A]n unborn child is capable of feeling pain when it has been determined by the medical practitioner performing or attempting the abortion or by another medical practitioner on whose determination the medical practitioner relies that the probable gestational age of the unborn child is 20 or more weeks," states the law.
In another bill (HB 140), now law, it requires "that a pregnant woman be afforded the opportunity to view an active ultrasound and ultrasound images and listen to the fetal heart tone of an unborn child before undergoing an abortion."
The third new law is the Montana Abortion-Inducing Drug Risk Protocol Act. This law essentially sets new regulations on the issuance of abortion-inducing drugs. For instance, it requires a medical practitioner to examine "a woman prior to dispensing an abortion-inducing drug in order to confirm the gestational age of the unborn child."
It also requires "that a woman considering a chemical abortion receives comprehensive information on abortion-inducing drugs, including the potential to reverse the effects of the drugs...."
The law prohibits the distribution of abortion-inducing drugs by mail or courier. Further, "An abortion-inducing drug may not be provided in an elementary, secondary, or postsecondary school facility or on school grounds," reads the law.
“It’s a promising day, a day that will go down in our state's history as we defend life," said the governor on Monday. " Today we’re taking action to protect the most vulnerable among us, the unborn. We are celebrating life."