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Public Statement: Lt. Governor Gray on Threats to Reproductive Freedom

Submitted by Hazel.Brewster… on Thu, 09/02/2021 - 11:33


Montpelier, Vt - Today, Lt. Governor Molly Gray released the following statement following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Texas’ new abortion ban: 

“As we approach the one-year anniversary of the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we are witnessing a catastrophic step backward in the fight for reproductive justice in our country. An attack on the right to choose to have an abortion in any corner of the United States is an attack on reproductive justice for all Americans. My heart is with the people of Texas, who are now subject to the most restrictive abortion legislation in the country. 

Here in Vermont, we must remain diligent in our efforts to adopt Proposition 5, amending our State Constitution to ensure that the right to personal reproductive autonomy is protected for all Vermonters.  

Further, I urge Congress to do everything in its power to enshrine Roe v. Wade into federal law. This starts with passing the Women’s Health Protection Act, putting an end to state bans on reproductive freedoms.  

Representation matters on the Court and in our legislatures. We cannot take personal health and safety for granted. We cannot allow our personal liberties, particularly those concerning our own bodies, to be rolled back. We’ve come too far. We cannot go back.”