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Montana rejects ballot measure requiring medical care for ‘born alive infants’

Montana voters rejected the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act that would have required medical professionals to provide life-saving medical care to infants who survived abortions or were born prematurely.

The pro-life measure would not have prevented Montana Residents to have an abortion, but would have demanded that “medical care be provided to infants born alive” following a natural or induced delivery, a failed abortion or a Caesarean section.

The measure failed by about 20,000 votes, with 52.6% voting against and 47.4% in favor of passing it when The Associated Press called the race.

“A health care provider performing an abortion must take all medically appropriate and reasonable measures to preserve the life and health of a live born child who is viable. If an abortion performed in a hospital results in the live birth of a viable child, the health care provider must provide immediate medical attention to the infant,” the ballot read.

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A pro-life lawyer holds up a newspaper in front of the Supreme Court.
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Pro-life legislation has recognized that a child born alive after an attempted abortion is a legal person and would have granted them the right to medical care after birth. “If an abortion results in the live birth of a child, the child is a corporate body for all purposes under the laws of this state,” he said.

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A pro-life crowd applauds the Supreme Court's Dobbs decision.

A pro-life crowd applauds the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision.
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The law also sought to penalize doctors if they failed to treat infants as living persons and fail to take the necessary steps to “preserve the life of an infant born alive”. The bill recognized evidence of an infant’s life that breathes, has a beating heart and definite movement of voluntary muscles.

“Without proper legal protection, newborn babies who survived abortions have been denied appropriate means of lifesaving or vital medical care and treatment and were left for dead,” the bill reads.

Protesters rally for abortion rights at the Capitol.

Protesters rally for abortion rights at the Capitol.
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“As with other ballot initiatives across the country, pro-abortion forces have vastly outspent pro-life forces on spreading dishonest messages to confuse voters,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president. from SBA Pro-Life America, to Fox News Digital.

In Montana, pro-abortion forces ran television ads describing the initiative as “an extreme and harmful government intrusion into medical care,” when all the initiative would do was provide the same level of care to an infant who has survived an abortion as you would a child born in early pregnancy. If Montana voters knew the truth about what the initiative would actually do, it would have passed with an overwhelming majority. Our camp needs to do a better job raising the resources to confront the heavily funded abortion industry to arm voters with the truth,” Dannenfelser said.

On Tuesday, California and Vermont enshrined the right to abortion in their state constitutions.

On Tuesday, California and Vermont enshrined the right to abortion in their state constitutions.
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Planned Parenthood did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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Following the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June, abortion measures were on the ballot and passed in five indicates this cycle: California, Michigan, Montana, Vermont and Kentucky.

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