A ballot measure to ensure basic medical care for newborns who survive failed abortions is on the track to be rejected by Montana voters. As of Wednesday morning, 52.6% of counted votes were against enacting the bill to protect newborn babies and 47.4% voted to pass the referendum. Roughly 80% of total votes have come in so far.
The vote has not yet been officially called for either “yes” or “no” on the ballot measure.
The measure, Referendum 131 (also known as House Bill 0167), stated, “An infant born alive is a legal person for all purposes under the laws of the state and is entitled to the protections of the laws, including the right to appropriate and reasonable medical care and treatment.”