STATEMENT OF LT. GOVERNOR MOLLY GRAY ON THE PASSAGE OF PROPOSAL 5 AND PROPOSAL 2
Montpelier, Vt—Today, Lt. Governor Gray released the following statement on the Senate’s passage of Proposal 5, a proposal to amend the Vermont Constitution to guarantee the right to personal reproductive liberty, and Proposal 2, a proposal to amend the Vermont Constitution to clarify the prohibition of slavery and indentured servitude:
“In parts of this country and the globe we continue to see efforts to halt or rollback women’s reproductive rights. In recent years we have also witnessed the appointment and confirmation of conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, giving rise to concern that the Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision could be overturned.
The Vermont Senate’s passage of Proposal 5 is a critical step in the process of amending our Vermont Constitution to ensure that no matter what happens nationally, the right of every Vermonter to personal reproductive autonomy is protected.
Additionally, Proposal 2 is an essential step in reaffirming our commitment to equality and unequivocally denouncing slavery and indentured servitude in Vermont’s foundational document.
Today, I am particularly proud to serve as Senate President and to stand in solidarity with so many leaders committed to protecting the fundamental rights of Vermonters.”