Vermont House lawmakers plan to vote Tuesday on an amendment that would enshrine the so-called “right” to abort an unborn baby for any reason up to birth in the state constitution.
WCAX News 3 reports Proposal 5 needs one final vote in the state House before it can be placed on the ballot for voters’ approval, likely in November.
The proposed amendment states: “That an individual’s right to personal reproductive autonomy is central to the liberty and dignity to determine one’s own life course and shall not be denied or infringed unless justified by a compelling State interest achieved by the least restrictive means.”
Basically, abortion activists want to keep unlimited, unregulated abortions for any reason up to birth legal in Vermont even if Roe v. Wade is overturned, according to the Vermont Right to Life Committee.
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“… Proposal 5 is reckless and irresponsible, dangerous and expensive as well as morally and ethically wrong,” the pro-life organization said. “The lives of countless unborn babies will be placed at further risk of abortion if Proposal 5 is adopted.”
Under the proposed amendment, taxpayers also could be forced to pay for elective abortions up to birth and forced to fund pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood, according to the pro-life organization.
Vermont already allows abortions for basically any reason up to birth, but abortion activists are pushing to enshrine state pro-abortion laws into the constitution to make it even more difficult to protect unborn babies’ right to life.
Even viable, late-term unborn babies who are victims of crimes are not protected under state law.
In one heartbreaking case, a young mother lost her twins at six months’ gestation when she was struck by an impaired driver. The Vermont legislature has repeatedly refused to honor her loss, or protect other mothers whose children are similarly murdered. Instead of acknowledging Roe’s “compelling” interest to protect the constitutional rights of viable children, Vermont uses its laws to deny the acknowledgment such children ever lived.
Proposal 5 tightens that noose: unborn children in Vermont are not safe from murder by abortion when viable, only when they pass their mother’s cervix and breath air on their own.
Ahead of the vote Tuesday, Vermont Right to Life and other pro-life organizations plan to hold a solemn protest at the state Capitol to expose the dangers of Proposal 5 to children and families.
Over the weekend, pro-abortion groups also held protests across the state, demanding that lawmakers pass the pro-abortion amendment, according to the local news.
“We’re launching a campaign that is by and for Vermonters. It’s important to rally the supporters of the amendment, to support the amendment, to make their voices heard,” Eileen Sullivan, of Planned Parenthood New England, told reporters in Burlington.
Polls consistently show that a strong majority of Americans oppose late-term abortions and do not want their tax dollars to pay for abortions.