Bigfork Group Throws Support Behind Abortion Bill

By Beacon Staff

KALISPELL – A statewide group based in Bigfork is asking Catholic bishops in Montana to reconsider a decision not to back a proposed ballot initiative on human life.

Catholic Christians Supporting CI-100 said in an open letter to the bishops Thursday that it considers the initiative a new and creative way of opposing and ending abortion.

Constitutional Initiative 100 would define a person as “a human being at all stages of human development or life, including the state of fertilization.” It has yet to qualify for November’s ballot.

Bill Myers, one of the leaders of the new group, said he would characterize it as a positive campaign to define four words — life begins at conception.

But the Montana Catholic Conference says it prefers other strategies to bring an end to abortion. They want to fund pregnancy centers that help women find alternatives to abortion, increase adoption services, and require parental notification for juveniles seeking abortion.

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