The non-endorsement of Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, the Democratic candidate in the race, was in contrast to endorsements of Democrats in three other statewide races.
Some lawmakers and physicians say these centers — including one recently renamed as a clinic — are primarily aimed at convincing women not to have an abortion.
The state will use a contingency fund to replace the Title X funds, at least until June 2020.
The rule change, proposed by the Trump administration, restricts funding from going to organizations that provide abortions or offer referrals for abortions.
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.
The rally, which attracted about 200 participants, was led by the Vermont Workers’ Center and included such organizations as the Vermont Interfaith Action, Planned Parenthood and Migrant Justice.
While protesting new abortion restrictions in states like Alabama and Georgia, speakers urged Gov. Scott to send a message by signing H.57.
Attorney General TJ Donovan and officials from 20 other states say the rule limiting the flow of factual information about the procedure is unconstitutional.
With the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, the right to access abortion safely and legally in this country is on the line.
TJ Donovan and the organization are urging the public to submit comments opposing changes to Title X program.
The Chittenden County school and Spaulding High in Barre will become the latest schools to adopt condom policies, following the lead of Harwood Union, which was the first.
Who will be hit hardest by the Trump administration's proposed changes to Title X? Advocates say the three-quarters of Vermonters with incomes of $24,120 or less.
“It’s a slap that hits women in rural areas especially hard,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said.
Advocates say an adjustment in the terms of a federal grant program could potentially lead to a major cut for Vermont women’s health services.