The notion that Article 22 and Roe v. Wade are similar is false.
The hot-button issue is drawing big money and campaigning. Vermont and California are the first left-leaning states to put a constitutional amendment to a general election vote since Roe v. Wade was overturned.
The overstated hypotheticals provided in the flier are just the tack that Vermont pro-lifers had told us a few months ago that they were going to use to oppose the reproductive rights amendment to the state constitution.
Twelve-year state Rep. Mike Yantachka, D-Charlotte, was defeated Tuesday night in a primary challenge from Chea Waters Evans, a local journalist who was spurred to join the race by Yantachka’s vote against Proposal 5.
That’s according to the latest batch of fundraising reports filed Aug. 1 with the Secretary of State’s Office. The reports cover raising and spending for state candidates and political action committees for the month of July.
New disclosures provide a timely glimpse at the financial picture for statewide and legislative candidates — as well as for the coalition of organizations working to secure passage of Vermont’s Reproductive Liberty Amendment.
Charity Clark and Rory Thibault said they would work with lawmakers to take additional steps, using existing and new legislation, to make Vermont a “safe harbor” for people seeking an abortion — whether or not those people live in the state.
Vermont’s Proposal 5 would give all Vermonters the right to “reproductive autonomy.” But a federal ban could supersede that.
Proposal 2 would change the language of Vermont’s Constitution to remove contingency clauses and formally abolish slavery, part of a nationwide movement.
Rep. Mike Yantachka, a Democrat, faces a challenge from a local journalist after voting against the proposed constitutional amendment to protect abortion rights. He now says he would vote “yes.”
While the former federal prosecutor said she believes Roe v. Wade “needs to be preserved and upheld,” she characterized the proposed constitutional amendment to protect reproductive rights in Vermont as “extreme.”
America already has the highest rate of maternal mortality among developed countries — double the rate of most high-income countries, and up 36.6% in just two years. Research suggests banning abortion could increase maternal deaths by 21%.
That the language fails to define 'personal reproductive autonomy' is a major problem. This term is not defined in Vermont or federal law and is so open-ended it could mean many things.
People should make their own reproductive decisions for themselves; the state should not infringe on that. Protecting personal reproductive liberty in our state constitution will preserve this right in our state, no matter what happens in Washington, D.C.