Women seeking medical abortion from Planned Parenthood of Montana will now be required to show proof of residency in an effort to prevent the sale of pills to women in states where abortions are banned.
The ruling, delivered to staff in a leaked email from freelance Montana reporter Hunter Pauli, comes on the heels of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade and appears to be an attempt to shield the organization from criminal prosecution or charges. Eligibility for surgical abortions will remain unchanged.
“The risks of providing services across states are currently less than clear, with the possibility of civil and criminal actions to provide abortions in banned states,” Planned Parenthood Montana President Martha Fuller told staff. in an email.
This means patients in South Dakota, Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, where abortion is now banned, will not be able to have a medical abortion unless they can prove residency. in Montana.
“Let’s be clear: Planned Parenthood of Montana will continue to serve out-of-state patients seeking abortions,” Fuller added in a statement to The Daily Beast.
In neighboring Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee has declared his state a “sanctuary” for abortions and will refuse to provide abortion-related patient information sought by out-of-state agencies to protect the state. identity of women traveling for the procedure.