Tester Votes to Restore Roe v. Wade

Senator is the only member of Montana’s delegation to support the Reproductive Freedom for Women Act

Continuing his longstanding efforts to protect Montanans’ freedom and privacy to make their own personal health care decisions, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today voted in support of the Reproductive Freedom for Women Act, legislation supporting a return to Roe v. Wade. Tester is a cosponsor of the legislation.

“Montanans of all stripes believe in the right to privacy, so much so that we enshrined it in our constitution – and that includes ensuring women can make their own health care decisions,” said Tester. “The Dobbs v. Jackson decision was dead wrong two years ago and it’s dead wrong today. No judge, bureaucrat, or politician should come between a woman and her doctor. Montanans sent me to Washington to stand up for Montana values, and that’s what I’ll continue to do.”

Tester has led the fight to ensure that Montana women have freedom to make health care decisions as well as access to safe and effective health care.

Tester is a strong supporter of the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would guarantee the right to privacy for women making personal healthcare decisions by codifying Roe v. Wade. Tester is an original co-sponsor of the Right to Contraception Actwhich would guarantee the right for individuals to obtain and use contraceptives, and for health providers to prescribe contraceptives and give information related to contraception. Last month, Tester cosponsored the Right to IVF Act, which would safeguard Montanans, servicemembers, and veterans’ access to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technology.

Last year, Tester sent a letter to Walgreens and CVS’ executives pressing the companies to take immediate action to ensure that all women, including those in rural areas like Montana, have access to safe and effective health care. Tester’s letter came in response to Walgreens’ decision limiting the sale of mifepristone and misoprostol, even in states like Montana where the medications are legal. Tester’s pushback was successful – after sending his letter, CVS and Walgreens announced they planned to become certified and offer mifepristone and misoprostol in states like Montana where laws would allow pharmacies to dispense it. Tester has also signed onto bicameral amicus briefs calling on the Supreme Court to reject a decision that would restrict access to mifepristone.


Related Issues