State of Montana Archives: on Abortion


John Bohlinger: 2001: Supported Fetal Protection Act & partial-birth ban

Democratic Senate candidate John Bohlinger supported some legislation to restrict abortion rights in Montana but has votes that don't match his rhetoric.

Bohlinger wrote on his Facebook wall that he "consistently voted for a woman's right to choose" while a state legislator, according to The liberal Montana blog Intelligent Disconnect. That blog argues that isn't true, pointing to a low lifetime score from the NARAL Pro-Choice Montana group and a number of votes he took in the legislature. Bohlinger, who served as a Republican in the statehouse and alongside Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) before switching parties for this campaign, voted for the "Fetal Protection Act" in 2001, as well as for laws to ban partial-birth abortion and for parental consent requirements for teenagers to be able to get abortions in Montana.

Source: C.Joseph in The Hill, coverage of 2014 Montana Senate debate Nov 12, 2013

John Bohlinger: Supreme Court decided the issue; state cannot overturn it

[When running at the state level as a Republican], a legal complaint Bohlinger filed disputed a claim from a GOP primary opponent that he was "for abortion": "I have never stated I was for abortions. Abortion is a poor choice, we should prevent the pregnancy or work for adoption. The abortion question does not belong in the Montana Legislature, because the US Supreme Court has ruled that in this country, abortions are legal. In spite of what we may personally think about the question, the Montana Legislature will not be able to overturn a Supreme Court decision," he wrote in the legal filing.
Source: C.Joseph in The Hill, coverage of 2014 Montana Senate debate Nov 12, 2013

Michael Lange: No federal funding for embryonic stem cell research

Q: Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?

A: No.

Q: Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?

A: No.

Source: Montana Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Bob Kelleher: Abortions should always be illegal, including funding

Source: Montana 2004 Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

Corey Stapleton: Prohibit public funding & partial-birth abortion

Source: 2000 Montana State National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

John Bohlinger: Prohibit partial-birth abortion & funding abortion clinics

Source: Montana Legislative 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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2012 Presidential contenders on Abortion:
  Democrats:
Pres.Barack Obama(IL)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)

Republicans:
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Third Parties:
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
Peace+Freedom: Roseanne Barr(HI)
Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
AmericansElect: Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
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