Vermont Senate Committee Approves Abortion Amendment

Mar 22, 2019

A committee of the Vermont Senate has approved a bill that could lead to the state amending its constitution to preserve a woman's right to abortion.

On Friday, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted 5-0 to approve the measure known as the Right to Personal Reproductive Liberty. It will now be considered by the full Senate. If approved, it would go to the House.

In a statement following the vote committee chair Ginny Lyons said “… the Vermont Senate will be the first legislative body in the nation to vote to enshrine an individual’s reproductive rights in the state constitution.”

To amend the constitution, the measure must be approved by two consecutively elected Legislatures and then approved by a statewide vote.

The proposed amendment is in addition to a separate bill passed by the House last month to guarantee a woman's access to an abortion that is now being considered by the Senate.

Opponents say the measures could expand access to abortion in the state.

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