Under the best of circumstances, being born in Alabama is one of the worst things that can happen to a child, that is if they get born at all.
On Monday evening, the governor announced he had signed a landmark bill to codify a woman’s right to abortion, but had decided to veto the waiting period for gun purchases.
The governor said after he signed a package of gun control bills last year, the focus should shift to the underlying causes of violence and suicide. “I do not believe S.169 addresses these areas,” he wrote.
While protesting new abortion restrictions in states like Alabama and Georgia, speakers urged Gov. Scott to send a message by signing H.57.
Vermont’s Republican governor will not stand in the way of broad abortion protections, though he hasn’t committed to signing it.
The House OK’d Proposal 5, a constitutional amendment, while the Senate advanced H.57, which says governmental entities can’t interfere with abortion access.
Vermont could soon have the most progressive abortion laws in America. Proponents say nothing will change in practice. Opponents aren’t buying it.
H.57, which prohibits governmental entities from interfering with access to abortion, was approved by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday. The Senate’s president says he believes the bill will pass.
The House Human Services Committee voted 8-3 to advance Proposal 5, which would protect “personal reproductive autonomy.”
The Burlington hospital also has adopted a new policy regarding abortion procedures, but administrators say it doesn’t change current practice.
Sen. Ginny Lyons, chair of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, says H.57 is important because it would take effect much sooner than a proposed constitutional amendment supporting “reproductive autonomy.”
Drafted in response to potential changes at the federal level, the amendment affirms ‘an individual’s right to personal reproductive autonomy.’
The controversial bill passed passed out of the House 106-36 in late February largely along party lines. The roll call analysis is the first of a series VTDigger will be publishing on key votes in the House and Senate.
If third trimester abortions are not currently performed in Vermont unless the mother’s life is at risk, then why does H.57 remove all restrictions on abortion up until birth?