Legislators in Vermont have proposed a bill that would strengthen legalized abortion up until the moment of birth, one of many new state-level pro-choice initiatives.
Vermont is one of eight states that already has no gestational limits on abortion, the others being Alaska, Colorado, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, and Oregon, along with Washington, D.C.
H. 57, which was introduced last month, would codify the existing law, “to safeguard the right to abortion in Vermont by ensuring that right is not denied, restricted, or infringed by a governmental entity.”
“A public entity … shall not, in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information, deny or interfere with an individual’s fundamental rights to choose or refuse contraception or sterilization or to choose to carry a pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to obtain an abortion,” stated the bill.
“No State or local law enforcement shall prosecute any individual for inducing, performing, or attempting to induce or perform the individual’s own abortion.”
Groups like Vermont Right to Life are actively campaigning against H. 57, which is scheduled for a public hearing on Wednesday evening.
“We are doing everything we can to alert Vermonters,” said the pro-life organization in a statement emailed to The Christian Post on Tuesday.
Vermont RTL told CP that they considered the bill “dangerous” to both “women and their unborn babies,” adding that the “chances of passage are high as there are 91 co-sponsors of the bill.”
Chloé White, policy director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont, told CP on Tuesday that her organization was “fully supportive of the legislation.”
“It simply codifies current practice in Vermont, which is to leave the decision about whether to parent or not between a woman and her family and her doctor,” said White, who believed that “a lot of people recognize the need in this current climate to ensure that the right to make individual decisions about one’s body is secured.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski