News Release — Vermont Democratic Party
Oct. 30, 2016
Christina Amestoy, VDP Communications Director
WCAX: Scott ‘dodged’ question about what he’d do as governor on abortion
Burlington, VT Phil Scott can try to run, but he can’t hide from his record of supporting roadblocks to women’s health rights in Vermont.
On Friday, WCAX reported that Scott “dodged” a question about signing a bill to add restrictions on a woman’s right to choose:
“Will you veto it?” WCAX reporter Kyle Midura asked Scott about signing a parental notification law as governor.
“I don’t see that happening. I don’t see anything like that happening in Vermont,” Scott responded.
Scott has personally admitted to supporting abortion restrictions and he has been supported for governor by Vermont Right to Life.
“It’s clear that Phil Scott is open to signing laws restricting a woman’s right to choose in Vermont,” said Christina Amestoy, VDP spokesperson. “Women’s health care is under attack in America – and Phil Scott just admitted he won’t stand up to defend choice as governor. It’s time for Scott to start being honest with voters about what he’d sign as governor to restrict a woman’s right to choose.”
Scott’s comments come amid a national wave of abortion restrictions.
According to the non-partisan Guttmacher Institute, 17 states enacted a total of 57 abortion restrictions in 2015 alone. In fact, since the midterm election of 2010, states have approved 288 restrictions on a woman’s right to choose.
Included in these 288 restrictions are some of the same ideas Phil Scott has pushed for in Vermont. The Scott campaign is also supported by some of the same anti-choice champions who advanced these restrictions like Florida Gov. Rick Scott, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.