Montana women’s healthcare not safe with Gianforte & Daines

HELENA -- Sen. Steve Daines took a page from New Jersey mutlimillionaire Greg Gianforte’s playbook this week and took a stand against Montana women.

This week Daines introduced reckless legislation to de-fund Planned Parenthood and limit women’s access to healthcare.

It’s the same move to try to limit a woman’s ability to make her own healthcare decisions that Greg Gianforte has always supported by giving millions to anti-choice organizations while advocating for anti-choice legislation.

“Greg Gianforte and Steve Daines have a dangerous, reckless agenda that will put the health of Montana women in serious jeopardy,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “Montana women don’t need two out-of-touch politicians making their healthcare decisions for them. We must stand up to this harmful and unnecessary legislation of women’s personal choices.”

For the record Greg Gianforte has:

  • Given more than $2 million to anti-choice organizations that lobby against women making their own health care choices. (Gianforte Family Charitable Trust, via Guidestar)

  • Said he would push for anti-choice legislation while touting the endorsement from an out-of-state, anti-choice group. (Susan B. Anthony list, accessed 8/11/16)

  • Funded the Montana Family Foundation that fought to outlaw choice even in cases of rape. (HB 574, Montana Family Foundation lobbying disclosure, 5/27/11)

  • Given thousands of dollars to the Family Research Council, which opposes abortions with no exceptions. (IRS, Guidestar 990s forms, accessed 5/6/15; CNN, 8/20/12)

  • Between 2004 and 2014, he gave nearly $700,000 to anti-choice, crisis pregnancy centers that have been criticized for giving false information to limit women’s choices. (Gianforte Family Charitable Trust, via Guidestar; NARAL Pro-Choice Montana Foundation, 2013 Investigative Report)


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