Unlike some other states in America where abortion bans have been signed into law, the Green Mountain State is making an effort to protect abortion rights. A bill in Vermont’s legislature vows to respect people’s autonomy and right to reproductive health care. And it looks like the state’s Republican Gov. Phil Scott has signaled that he won’t stop the bill from becoming law, CNN reported Wednesday.
Since the beginning of 2019, multiple states across America have proposed anti-abortion measures, eliciting criticism from reproductive health care advocates. But this probably won’t happen in Vermont. Scott’s spokeswoman, Rebecca Kelley, emailed CNN that the governor "is and has been pro-choice and believes in a woman’s right to choose." Kelley added that Scott "has ruled out vetoing the bill — it will become law." Even if Scott doesn’t sign the measure, the bill could pass.
The measure, officially known as H 57 in Vermont legislature, passed both the state House and Senate earlier in 2019, per CNN. It would "recognize as a fundamental right the freedom of reproductive choice" and "prohibit public entities from interfering with or restricting the right of an individual to terminate the individual’s pregnancy."
Mincing no words, the pro-choice measure also states that it would safeguard the "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."
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