Helen Weems v State of Montana

The Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana filed a lawsuit in State District Court in Lewis and Clark County, challenging a Montana law that restricts access to abortion care in the state.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), including Helen Weems, a certified nurse practitioner, and their patients. The lawsuit asks the court to block a Montana law that prohibits APRNs from providing abortion care, despite the demonstrated safety of abortion and the proven ability of APRNs to provide early abortion with the same safety and efficacy as physicians and physician assistants.

Only a handful of clinics currently provide abortions in Montana, each separated by great distances. Because of this shortage of abortion providers, many Montanans seeking access to abortion services face significant burdens, including the time and costs of having to travel several hours to their nearest provider. 

Plaintiff(s): Helen Weems MSN, APRN-FNP and Jane Doe, MSN, CNM-WHNP.  

Attorney(s): Hillary Schneller and Hailey Flynn

Co-Counsel/Cooperating Attorneys: Alex Rate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Montana



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