by Linda Schmitt, Corvallis
Montana women are not chattel.
This is not a state for wimps. Freedom and independence are deeply held values, along with family bonds and reverence for God. Where does Gianforte get the idea that “a special legislative session” is necessary to tell women what to do with their own bodies? He can’t abide a mask but it’s okay to tell a woman she has to have a baby? In his mind freedom and independence apply to himself and the men of the state. Women in his mind are chattel.
Not in Montana! Montana women have never been “owned” like chattel, pieces of property to be meddled with, traded, managed, and ordered around. Thank goodness Montana men respect the women in their lives. Women have led this state since early homestead days and still do. Our bodies are not battlegrounds for Gianforte’s inability to state the truth: women are independent and free to determine their reproductive lives. Back off, Gianforte.