HELENA — Judy Smith, a Missoula feminist and activist, spoke Tuesday in the Capitol rotunda during a rally celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on Roe vs. Wade.

Smith talked about the early fight for women's rights in the 1970s as she held a photograph of herself at a pay phone in the Texas capitol where women would call to ask for help anonymously, usually for their "friends."

"We don't want to be having this conversation 40 years from now," Smith said. "

We need to keep all the organizations and groups doing what they are doing as well as reach out to more young people to help come up with new plans and keep the fight alive."

In addition to Smith, Lt. Gov. John Walsh, state Sen. Christine Kaufmann and Rep. Jennifer Gursky all spoke. The Montana Democratic Women’s Caucus is anticipating several bills this session that seek to undermine reproductive rights.


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From Reformation Montana's response to this article: "...[Rep. David] Halvorson debriefed me on some of the legislation the Montana Democratic Women’s Conference was concerned about, including HB 104, sponsored by Rep. Keith Reiger. House Bill 104 will criminalize offenses involving the death of an unborn child..."

When a woman loses her unborn child due to criminal negligence or criminal assault, she mourns for the child. Only the most calloused of ideologues would find that making it a crime to hurt an unborn child (against her mother's will) to be "undermining reproductive rights."

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