Pro-abortion state governments in the U.S. are lining up to legalize abortion on demand out of fear that Roe v. Wade will be overturned. Vermont legislatures aren’t wasting any time pushing a bill to “recognize as a fundamental right the freedom of reproductive choice,” and their end goal is to turn that bill into an amendment in the state constitution.
“Vermont… has legalized abortion through all nine months of pregnancy without a single restriction or regulation on the practice of abortion – not even that a doctor perform the procedure; no limit on how late into pregnancy; and … legalized physician-assisted suicide. And now it wants to enshrine death into the Vermont Constitution,” Mary Hahn Beerworth of the Vermont Right to Life Committee told One News Now.
Vermont has no waiting periods, no parental notification laws, and no limits on public funding of abortion. This new bill will expand on that and ban state and local law enforcement from prosecuting “any individual for inducing, performing, or attempting to induce or perform the individual’s own abortion.” The bill also states that preborn children will not have any rights in the state of Vermont, even up until the moment before they are born.
Beerworth blames Planned Parenthood for the push to make abortion-on-demand part of Vermont’s Constitution. “We refer to Planned Parenthood here as the fourth branch of government,” she explained, “and every year they simply deliver their wish list. They have so many clinics per capita here that they dominate the political scene.”
According to One News Now, in order for the bill to become an amendment, it would need a majority vote in the House and a two-thirds’ vote in the Senate during this session. The same majority vote must occur again next year and then Vermonters would vote on it in 2022. If approved, it would go into effect in 2023 and would guarantee abortion on demand in Vermont even if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
There are currently nine abortion facilities in the state of Vermont, including the University of Vermont Medical Center, which took heavy criticism in 2018 for announcing it would begin committing elective abortions.