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Two abortion bills still in play in Montana Legislature

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There are two abortion bills still in play in the 2017 Montana Legislature.

Senate Bill 329 would make it a felony for providers to perform abortions after five months of pregnancy. It needs one more vote to get to the governor’s desk.

It returned to the Senate Tuesday so senators could review an amendment from the House, which would get rid of the measure if another bill -- Senate Bill 282 -- becomes law.

That bill, among other things, would force doctors to try to save a viable fetus. The bill defines viability as having a more than 50 percent chance of living outside the womb. It’s passed through both houses.

Democratic Senator Diane Sands of Missoula says she’ll vote for the amendment, but against the bill.

“It’s still an unconstitutional invasion into the rights of privacy, and intrusion into the ethical responsibility of a physician to care for their patients,” Sands said.

Supporters say it’s the government's job to take care of who they say are the most vulnerable, like unborn babies.

The amendment needs one more vote for the entire bill to pass through the Legislature.

Cole Grant is a reporter with the UM Legislative News Service, a partnership of the University of Montana School of Journalism, the Montana Broadcasters Association and the Greater Montana Foundation.

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