Not every orientable 3-manifold is a double cover of $S^3$ branched over a link. For example, the 3-torus isn't. However, in 1975 Montesinos conjectured (Surjery on links and double branched covers of $S^3$, in: "Knots, groups and 3-manifolds", papers dedicated to the memory of R. Fox) that every orientable 3-manifold is a double branched cover of a sphere with handles i.e. the connected sum of a certain number of copies of $S^1\times S^2$ (this number can be zero, in which case we get $S^3$). Notice that this time $T^3$ does not provide a counter-example since if we take the quotient of $T^3$ by the involution $(x,y,z)\mapsto (x^{-1}, y^{-1},z)$ we get $S^2\times S^1$.

I was wondering what the status of this conjecture is.