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Montana's 2012 newly certified ballot measure echoes 2010 Alaska proposal

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May 2, 2011


HELENA, Montana: The state of Montana has now thrown its hat in the ballot measure ring, as the proposed parental notification measure will be decided by voters in 2012. The Montana Legislature placed the question on the ballot after a series of approval votes by both chambers of the lawmaking body. Officially, it gained ballot access on April 28, 2011. Section 8 of Article XIV of the Montana Constitution says that an affirmative roll call vote of two-thirds of all members of the Montana Legislature is required to refer an amendment to the ballot.[1][2]

The measure relates to parental rights in the act of a minor's abortion, where parents would be notified before the process would take place. It was introduced by State Representative Pat Ingraham during a debate in 2011 state legislative session.[3]

The legislatively-referred state statute mirrors a 2010 Alaska ballot referral that was proposed to forbid a minor from getting an abortion without a doctor informing at least one parent before moving forward with the procedure. The proposal also included enforcing legal penalties on doctors who perform abortions on minors without consent of the minor's parents. Also known as Ballot Measure 2 in the August 24, 2010 primary election, it was approved with approximately 55% voting in favor.

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