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Quist Holds Women's Health Roundtable In Missoula

May 12, 2017

On the day Republican candidate Greg Gianforte was grabbing headlines around Billings because of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the state, Democrat Rob Quist was at a low key event in Missoula.

Quist held a roundtable on women’s health with current and former state lawmakers Marilyn Ryan, Ellie Boldman-Hill Smith and Carol Williams, as well as Dr. Joey Banks from Blue Mountain Clinic, and Stacie Anderson, who is on the board of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Montana.

"Rob Quist shares our values, and shares in a woman’s right to choose, and access critical healthcare providers,' Anderson said.

The women said that maintaining the Affordable Care Act is critical for preserving Montana women’s access to health care in general and reproductive healthcare in particular. They criticized Republican Candidate Greg Gianforte for financially supporting the Montana Family Foundation, which opposes abortion rights in the state legislature.

Quist said that healthcare has now risen to the top of the list of issues Montana voters tell him they’re concerned about.