Vermont Bill Would Make Legalized Abortion Up to Birth a Constitutional Right

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jan 23, 2019   |   1:26PM   |   Montpelier, Vermont

Vermont politicians are following in the footsteps of New York and pushing a radical bill to legalize abortion for basically any reason up to birth.

The bill, introduced Wednesday in the state House, would recognize abortion as a “fundamental human right” and ensure that the government does not deny, restrict or infringe upon a woman’s “right” to abort her unborn baby.

Vermont pro-life leaders warned that the legislation would allow unborn babies to be aborted, without restriction, up to birth.

Pro-abortion state Reps. Ann Pugh, D-South Burlington, and Maxine Grad, D-Moretown, are the lead sponsors, but 89 other lawmakers also have signed on as co-sponsors, according to the Vermont Digger. Even Republican Gov. Phil Scott said he supports the radical pro-abortion bill, according to the report.

The legislation could become part of a constitutional amendment to allow abortion on demand in the event that the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the local news continued.

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Mary Hahn Beerworth, who heads Vermont Right to Life Committee, finds it ironic the U.S. was founded on the Declaration of Independence and the right to life.

“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,” she laments.

It appears to the pro-life leader that one particular organization snaps its fingers and the legislature responds favorably.

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“We refer to Planned Parenthood here as the fourth branch of government,” she offers, “and every year they simply deliver their wish list. They have so many clinics per capita here that they dominate the political scene.”

The abortion giant Planned Parenthood is one of the key groups lobbying for the bill.

“States are a critical backstop to the further erosion and restriction of reproductive health care. We must pass the House abortion rights bill and the Senate equal rights constitutional amendment to ensure that reproductive rights are protected in Vermont,” Meagan Gallagher of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England told WCAX.

New York just passed a similar law this week. The so-called Reproductive Health Act goes beyond Roe v. Wade, allowing unborn babies to be aborted even when the U.S. Supreme Court has said states may restrict abortions. Late-term abortions, which currently are illegal in New York, will be allowed, and non-doctors will be allowed to perform them.

ACTION: Contact the Vermont legislature here with your opposition.