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MT governor signs bill protecting life

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Denise Burke regarding Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte’s signing Tuesday of HB 721, a bill that protects life and women’s health by prohibiting gruesome dismemberment abortions:

“Every human life is valuable, and every baby deserves to be protected. By enacting this critical legislation, Montana has affirmed the basic human rights of vulnerable children, whether born or unborn. This bill prohibits the particularly gruesome and barbaric procedure of dismemberment abortion, which involves the tearing apart of a living baby who has a heartbeat, has all major organs, and can feel pain. The extreme lengths to which Planned Parenthood is willing to go to protect such a horrific procedure makes it clear that the abortion industry only cares about its bottom line, not protecting women. Women deserve real health care, and unborn babies deserve a chance at life. We’re grateful to Gov. Gianforte, Speaker Matt Reiger, and the Montana Legislature for standing for life by enacting this legislation.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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ABOUT Denise Burke

Denise Burke serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where she is a member of the Center for Legislative Advocacy. In this role, her efforts are directed toward protecting life from conception to natural death and defending the conscience rights of health care professionals. Prior to joining ADF, Burke served as vice president of legal affairs for Americans United for Life. She began her career with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Air Force, both on active duty and in the reserve. Rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel, she served as an instructor at the USAF JAG School and on the editorial board of the Air Force Law Review. In response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Burke volunteered to serve again on active duty. In recognition of her service, the Air Force awarded her the Meritorious Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. A member of the state bar of Texas, Burke is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and multiple federal district and appellate courts. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Maryland, followed by her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University.