New Ordinance Could Affect Women’s Rights in Small Montana Town
A city council member in Manhattan, Montana is requesting a new ordinance that would make the small town a sanctuary for the unborn.
According to an article published by KBZK, Josh Powell is the council member who requested the ordinance. If passed, the ordinance would make the use of abortion pills (or Plan B) illegal in Manhattan.
What Does the Requested Ordinance Say?
Whereas, federal law imposes felony criminal liability on every person who ships or receives abortion pills or abortion-related paraphernalia.
Now, therefore, be it ordained by the Town Council of Manhattan, that the Town of Manhattan, Montana be declared a Sanctuary for the Unborn.
Currently, women have the right to get an abortion in Montana, and council members in Manhattan are expected to discuss the proposed ordinance at a meeting Wednesday evening. The ordinance states,
It shall be unlawful for any person to violate 18 U.S.C. § 1461 by using the mails for the mailing, the carriage in the mails, or delivery of 1. Any article or thing designed, adapted, or intended for producing abortion;
or 2. Any article, instrument, substance, drug, medicine, or thing which is advertised or described in a manner calculated to lead another to use or apply it for producing abortion.
The ordinance doesn't only affect women who make the choice, but anyone who aids or abets the violations could face penalties as well.
Some residents in Manhattan support the proposed pro-life ordinance, while others feel it impedes women's rights.
You can read the entire ordinance below:
The Manhattan Town Council will discuss the ordinance in a meeting this evening at
7:00 P.M. The meeting will be held at 207 S. 6th St. in Manhattan and is open to the public.