MONTANA


Our state profiles bring you all the key abortion characteristics of your state on one page.

What can you find on this page?

  • Abortion Laws: Restrictions + Protections
  • Clinics that provide abortion
  • Medication Abortion (MAB) by Mail options
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Ways to pay for your abortion
  • Abortion Appointment Checklist

Abortion Laws: Restrictions + Protections

Despite Roe v Wade being overturned, access to abortion is protected in Montana’s state constitution.  However, Montana’s republican governor has asked the state supreme court to overturn that protection.

Legal Restrictions of AbortionLegal Protections of Abortion
For the first time in nearly a decade, new abortion restrictions were enacted in 2021, including restrictions on medication abortion and abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy. (These restrictions currently cannot be enforced due to a court order.)Montana does not unconstitutionally ban abortion throughout pregnancy in violation of Roe v. Wade.
Post-viability abortion restriction: No abortion may be provided after viability unless necessary to preserve the woman’s life or health. Mont. Code Ann. § 50-20-109 (Enacted 1974; Last Amended 2005)
→  Provision requiring the certification by two physicians, in addition to the attending physician. Doe v. Deschamps, 461 F. Supp. 682 (D. Mont. 1976).
Exceptions after 23 weeks, 6 days
To save the pregnant person’s life
To preserve the pregnant person’s physical or mental health
Montana does not have an affirmative right to abortion enshrined in state law.Montana does not require one to attend a counseling session or go through a waiting period before getting an abortion.
Montana subjects pregnant people seeking abortion care to biased counseling requirements and/or mandatory waiting periods.Montana does not ban abortion based on the reason a pregnant person may seek abortion care.
Montana’s parental consent law for people under the age of 18 is currently NOT in effect. However, they do still enforce parental notification requirements for people under the age of 16. Clinic Protections: Montana law protects people seeking reproductive healthcare and/or clinic personnel from blockades, harassment, and/or violence
Montana has not improved people’s access to emergency contraception in the ER
Updated October 2022

Abortion Clinics in Montana

  • 6 Providers located across Billings, Great Falls, Helena, Missoula, and Whitefish 
  • Gestational Limit: 18w0d at Billings Planned Parenthood
  • MAB = Medication Abortion

If you’re under the age of 16, you will need to notify a parent or guardian to get an abortion or seek a judicial bypass to waive the requirement for parental notification (text the Jane’s Due Process hotline (866-999-5263))

  • (1) Planned Parenthood Great Falls
    • 211 9th Street South, Great Falls, MT 59405 (Telehealth available; THA), 406-454-3431 
    • Medical abortion: 12 weeks, 0 days
    • NO in-clinic abortion 
  • (2) Planned Parenthood of Helena, 1500 Cannon St, Helena, MT 59601 (THA), 406-443-7676
    • Medical abortion: 11 weeks, 0 days
    • In-Clinic abortion: 16 weeks, 0 days 
  • (3) Planned Parenthood West of Billings, 1844 Broadwater, Suite 4, Billings, MT 59102 (THA), 406-656-9980
    • Medical abortion: 11 weeks, 0 days
    • NO in-clinic abortion 
  • (4) Planned Parenthood of Billings Heights Clinic, 100 West Wicks Lane, Billings, MT 59105 (THA) 406-869-5040
    • Medical abortion: 11 weeks, 0 days
    • In-Clinic abortion: 18 weeks, 0 days  
  • (5) Blue Mountain Clinic, 610 North California Street, Missoula, MT 59802, 406-721-1646
    • No telehealth available 
    • Medical abortion: 10 weeks, 0 days
    • In-Clinic abortion: 16 weeks, 0 days  
  • (6) All Families Healthcare, 737 Spokane Avenue, PO Box 4027, Whitefish, MT 59937, 406-730-8682 (THA)
    • Medical abortion: 11 weeks, 0 days
    • In-Clinic abortion: 12 weeks, 0 days 

Medication Abortion by Mail

What are your options if you want a medication abortion by mail?

  1. See the clinic profiles above
  2. https://www.justthepill.com/ (telehealth abortion pill through 9 weeks, 5 days)
    • Formerly “abortion delivered”
  3. https://abortionondemand.org/ (telehealth abortion pill through 8 weeks, 0 days)
    • A $239 fee includes a consultation with a board-certified physician, the medication kit sent overnight, 24/7 call service, and coordination of follow-up care if needed
    • May qualify for state funding to cover your abortion if you choose a provider who accepts Medicaid  

Insurance Coverage

Does Montana law allow insurance to cover abortion? Usually, Yes!

http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Who-Decides-2021-Montana.pdf

Section 1115 Family-Planning waiver

  • Allows the state to cover family-planning services for women between the ages of 19 and 44 with incomes at or below 216% of the federal poverty level who are not otherwise eligible for Medicaid or do not have other family-planning coverage
    • Limited to 4,000 participants at a time
    • Enrollees must be (1) U.S. citizens or persons who meet the state’s defined immigration requirements and (2) Montana residents

Other Ways to Pay for your Abortion

  • Susan Wicklund Fund (local): https://www.susanwicklundfund.org/
    • P.O. box 11757 Bozeman, MT 59718
    • Types of support: Contraception, Financial Assistance, Transportation, Travel
    • Fill out an application for funding: www.susanwicklundfund.org/apply, or call the  24-hour support line at 406.224.7472.
  • Indigenous Women Rising (National): https://www.iwrising.org/
    • Types of support: financial assistance 
    • This abortion fund is open to all Indigenous people in the United States and Canada who are pregnant and seeking an abortion in the United States; 505-398-1990
  • National Abortion Federation Hotline (National): 1-800-772-9100 https://prochoice.org/think-youre-pregnant/naf-hotline/
    • Types of support: financial assistance 
    • For unbiased information about abortion and about other resources, including financial assistance, call toll-free 1-800-772-9100
      • Weekdays: 7:00 A.M.-11:00 P.M. Eastern time
      • Saturdays and Sundays: 9:00 A.M.-9:00 P.M.
    • For referrals to quality abortion providers call 1-877-257-0012 (no funding assistance provided on this line).
      • Weekdays: 9:00 A.M. _ 9:00 P.M.
      • Saturday: 9:00 A.M. _ 5:00 P.M.
  • The Brigid Alliance (National): PO Box 58 Planetarium Station, New York NY 10024 http://www.brigidalliance.org/
    • Types of support: childcare, lodging, meals, practical support, other funding, transportation, travel
    • The Brigid Alliance supports folks who must travel to specific clinics across the country for abortion care later in pregnancy. 
  • Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project (WRRAP)(National): http://wrrap.org/
    • Types of support: financial assistance
    • Provides funding for abortions or emergency contraceptives in any state in the U.S.
    • Need to be contacted through a clinic; no direct contact with patients 

If traveling to Washington, Idaho, Alaska, or Oregon, can use Northwest Abortion Access Fund

National Network of Abortion Funds – Connect with organizations that can support your financial and logistical needs as you arrange for your abortion.

NAF Hotline (1-800-772-9100) – A national, multi-lingual Hotline for abortion referrals and financial assistance. The Hotline is free and offers services to everyone, regardless of your individual situation.

A note about Planned Parenthood: Planned Parenthood Northwest is unable to offer discounts on abortion care; they also do not offer payment plans for abortion care

* They offer a 40% discount off of the office fee if you pay for your abortion the day-of, but no discount for the abortion service itself.

Abortion Appointment Checklist

Need ID? Yes, state or federal identification is required.
Need Parental Notification/Consent? Parental consent is NOT required for people under the age of 18, but parental notification is still required for people under the age of 16.
Insurance Information
You will need to provide your insurance information if you’d like your insurance to be billed.
Payment
Idaho Planned Parenthood cannot offer discounts or payment plans for abortion services.
Call your chosen provider beforehand to see how much your abortion will cost.

For more information about abortion in Montana, click here.