'Unbelievable grace': Local anti-abortion group celebrates overturn of Roe v. Wade

Mariah Thomas

A few hours after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, nearly 30 people gathered Friday outside Helena’s Planned Parenthood, holding a “praise service” to celebrate the decision.

“We are here to rejoice in the Supreme Court’s decision to correct a wrong made over 50 years ago, and that life is being valued and protected,” said Heather Buckley, one of the attendees at the noon event.

Roe v. Wade, a 1973 Supreme Court decision, is best known for legalizing abortions nationally. It provided a framework for states to follow regarding abortion laws, but struck down laws banning abortions before “fetal viability.” In Montana, abortion remains legal following today’s decision, protected by a 1999 state Supreme Court case.

The decision in Armstrong v. State, the 1999 case in Montana, held that abortion access is protected by Montanans’ constitutional right to privacy. 

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The 30 people who gathered outside of Planned Parenthood were from the group Pro-Life Helena. Pro-Life Helena’s goal is to “make abortion unthinkable in our community,” according to its website. 

The praise service on Friday was organized in conjunction with anti-abortion events taking place across

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