Montana Judge Tosses 3 Pro-Life Laws, Including One Banning Abortions After 20 Weeks

FILE - Kendal Underwood, left, and Brittany Nickens protest in support of abortion rights outside Planned Parenthood Friday, June 24, 2022, in St. Louis. Missouri’s attorney general is defending the Republican-led Legislature’s latest attempt in a years-long struggle to block taxpayer dollars from going to Planned Parenthood. Lawyers for the state argued against any taxpayer money going to Planned Parenthood during a Missouri Supreme Court hearing Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

A Montana judge ruled Thursday that three of the state’s laws limiting abortion were unconstitutional, according to the Daily Montanan.

The laws banned abortion after 20 weeks and by way of telehealth services, as well as required a 24-hour waiting period and two ultrasounds. District Court Judge Kurt Krueger sided with Planned Parenthood of Montana, who filed the lawsuit, arguing that the government should not be able to “infringe” on bodily autonomy any more than it can force someone to have an abortion, according to the Daily Montanan.