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Vermont Senate Approves Amendment To Protect Reproductive Rights

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Vermont Senate Chamber

The Vermont Senate has approved a proposal to amend the state constitution to preserve a woman's right to an abortion.
The Right to Personal Reproductive Liberty was approved Thursday by a vote of 28-2.

To continue the process of amending the constitution, it must now be approved by a majority in the House.
The proposal would then have to be approved by the Legislature elected in 2020 and, if approved a second time, go before voters in a statewide referendum.

Supporters want to protect abortion rights in case the U.S. Supreme Court reverses Roe vs. Wade which legalized abortion.

Separately, the Vermont House earlier this year passed a bill to guarantee a woman's access to an abortion.

Abortion opponents say the measures could expand access to abortion.

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