Senate Advances Constitutional Protection of Reproductive Rights
Today, the Vermont Senate took an historic, first step with an affirmative for vote Prop 5, a Constitutional Amendment that would protect a woman’s reproductive freedom and liberty. I am honored to have been selected by the people of Vermont to preside over these proceedings. With 28 votes in favor, greater than the 20 required to amend the Constitution, Prop 5 now proceeds to the Vermont House for the next step in this process.
“We are currently seeing severe erosions to abortion laws across the country. I am proud of the Vermont Senate for standing up for the rights of women and strongly support enshrining this right into our Constitution,” said Lt. Governor Zuckerman.
According to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, fifteen states have introduced or passed bills that would outright ban abortion at six weeks — before many women even know they're pregnant. In March alone, an extreme six-week abortion ban bill passed through Georgia's state legislature and Mississippi's governor signed another six-week abortion ban into law.
Meagan Gallagher, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, stated, “The rights we've spent generations fighting for could disappear if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. Amending the Constitution of the State of Vermont will ensure every Vermonter is afforded personal reproductive liberty necessary to protect their health, dignity, and civil rights.”
“On behalf of my daughter, and all Vermonters,” Zuckerman said, “I urge the House to pass Prop 5 and I hope future Legislators and Vermonters will continue to show their support for this Constitutional Amendment over the next few years.”
A Constitutional amendment must pass both the Senate and House in two different Biennium and then must be supported by a majority of Vermonters in the November 2022 General Election.