Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, a pro-abortion Republican, signed two pro-abortion bills Wednesday to protect abortionists who kill unborn babies and punish pregnancy resource centers that save unborn babies from abortion.
Both state House Bill 89 and Senate Bill 37 passed by large majorities in the state legislature this spring with the supposed purpose of protecting “reproductive liberty.”
“Today, we reaffirm once again that Vermont stands on the side of privacy, personal autonomy and reproductive liberty, and that providers are free to practice without fear,” Scott said in a statement Wednesday.
However, the new laws really protect the billion-dollar abortion industry by shielding abortionists from prosecution and trying to stop pregnancy centers from helping mothers and saving unborn babies, which cuts into the industry’s profits.
The VT Digger reports the House bill protects Vermont abortionists from state investigations if they are accused of killing unborn babies in violation of other states’ pro-life laws. The Senate bill provides additional protections to abortionists “such as barring medical malpractice insurance companies from hiking rates on providers, or preventing providers from having their medical licenses revoked,” according to the report.
The Senate bill also goes after pro-life pregnancy resource centers that provide free help to pregnant and parenting mothers to encourage them to choose life for their babies.
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Under the new law, the pro-life organizations could be punished for violating false and misleading advertising laws if the state attorney general believes they have “misled” women. Under the law, pregnancy centers could be sued for having “the appearance of a medical facility” just because they offer free pregnancy tests and ask clients basic health information.
Additionally, the new legislation attempts to keep the dangerous abortion drug mifepristone legal in Vermont, should the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revoke its approval.
A group of OB-GYNs and emergency room physicians are suing the FDA, saying the drug is dangerous and the agency’s decisions to approve and expand it under Democrat administrations were political. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear the case later this month, and abortion activists fear the ruling could block or limit the abortion drug.
According to the AP, the Vermont legislation attempts to keep the drug legal in the state “regardless of the medication’s current FDA approval status.”
Speaking to the news outlet, Greer Donley, an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, said states cannot skirt federal prohibitions on drugs, but the federal government could choose not to enforce its ban, thus allowing abortion drugs to continue to be sold in Vermont.
Vermont is a pro-abortion state, largely run by Democrats. In November, voters passed a state constitutional amendment that created a “right” to abort unborn babies for any reason without limits in the state constitution.
Abortions already were legal for basically any reason up to birth in Vermont, but the amendment makes it more difficult for future state legislatures to enact any limits on the killing practice.
Polls consistently show that a strong majority of Americans oppose late-term abortions, but the amendment did not make it clear to voters that it will allow late-term abortion on demand.
In 2020, 1,227 unborn babies were aborted in Vermont, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute.