The U.S. Supreme Court voted Friday to strike down Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that guaranteed the right to an abortion.

In the 5-4 decision, the court ruled that “the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion.”

Abortion laws and restrictions vary by state and, now the federal protection has been overturned, abortion will not be accessible everywhere in the U.S. Montana does not have a “trigger law.” That means the Supreme Courts ruling cannot go into affect immediately.

The right to an abortion is currently protected under the Montana state constitution.

Some states have trigger laws in place that immediately ban abortion once Roe was overturned. Others guarantee the right to an abortion via laws or constitutional amendments.

Montana lawmakers are reacting to the ruling including Senator Steve Daines saying, “The United States Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs today ends a historic injustice and rightfully ends one of the world’s most horrific abortion policies,” Daines said. “The long overdue demise of judicially-imposed abortion on demand gives bright new hope to unborn children and their moms across America. Now the American people begin a new chapter in which they, through their elected representatives at the state and federal level, have the power to end the violence of abortion. I will not rest until the day that every child is protected under our laws and can enjoy our nation’s most sacred right—the right to life.”

Governor Gianforte has said he would  call a special session to support the Supreme Courts decision to overturn. The state’s next regular legislative session is set to begin January, 2023.

We will have continuing coverage here on and Billings Beat.