The group behind Montana’s anti-choice ballot measure is also behind several bills to expand justifiable homicide laws, so that they cover murder committed in the defense of a fetus.
Law enforcement officials say the bills “could be used to incite violence against abortion providers.”
ALEC’s anti-choice step-sister, a group, called “Americans United for Life” is the out-of-state group pushing this bill in multiple states. Missouri and Oklahoma passed the bill, and South Dakota and Nebraska have considered it multiple times. Like ALEC, Americans United for Life is behind a whole slew of boilerplate bills to roll back science, public health, medical standards, and privacy rights by a hundred years or so.
We know Montana lawmakers are using the group’s bill templates. The language of HB 391, the parental consent for abortion bill that passed the MT legislature this session, is practically a verbatim replica of the AUL’s model legislation. And what do you know, the bill which put the parental notification referendum on the Montana ballot in 2012 is also identical to the AUL boilerplate.
You can see a whole list of AUL’s current boilerplate legislation here. While American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is the best known boilerplate bill factory, AUL has operated more under the radar, proliferating hundreds of right-wing bills for non-thinking legislators who get their ideas about policy from out-of-state think tanks instead of listening to their own constituents. It’s disturbing to thing that there are other such groups, and that there are so many Montana lawmakers who would rather pander to TEA party carpet-baggers than come up with some thing that actually is important to the Montanans they are supposed to represent.
AUL is led by a woman named Charmaine Yoest, a former adviser to Mike Huckabee’s failed presidential campaign.