According to this morning's Washington Post, legislators in Montana introduced more anti-abortion bills in 2009 than during any other session in the past 20 years. The article, which surveys abortion rights activists from across the country talking about even more battles in 2010, quotes Allyson Hagen, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Montana.
From the article:
If they cannot make it illegal through federal law or the courts, opponents of abortion intend to make the procedure harder to obtain...
With the state legislature out of session, [Hagen] expects this year's focus to be on political races and a proposed constitutional amendment that would establish "personhood" from the moment of conception. Similar ballot initiatives are being pursued elsewhere, although a proposed amendment in Colorado lost in 2008 by 46 points.
"Personhood" supporters are hurrying to gather 49,000 signatures by mid-June, said lead organizer Ann Bukacek, who said a constitutional amendment would lay the groundwork for an end to abortion. Two years ago, she said, the effort fell 17,000 signatures short because the group got a late start.
"I think we'll get it this time, and if we don't, we'll do it again," said Bukacek, an internist at Hosanna Health Care in Kalispell. "We'll never stop. These are innocent, defenseless human beings who are being slaughtered. We're never going to stop fighting for their rights."
Bukacek, though, has struggled to gain support even among other anti-abortion camps.