Vermont House to vote on ‘Reproductive Liberty’ amendment | Fremont Tribune – Government and Politics

MONTPELIER, Vermont (AP) — Lawmakers in the Vermont House of Representatives are set to vote Tuesday on a proposal to amend the state constitution to protect reproductive rights, including abortion.

If approved, the proposal will go before state voters in November, the final step needed to change Vermont’s constitution.

Proponents of the proposal say it enshrines the right of individuals to make their own reproductive decisions. Opponents say the proposal is vaguely worded and could have unintended consequences.

Vermont lawmakers are considering the Reproductive Freedom Amendment, also known as Proposition 5, at the same time the U.S. Supreme Court considers a case that could bring seismic changes to the Roe v. Wade of 1973 which legalized abortion.

Across the country, some Republican-led legislatures are poised to further restrict abortions or outright ban them, while some Democratic-led legislatures seek to guarantee access.

The amendment proposed by Vermont does not contain the word “abortion”. Proponents say this is because it is not supposed to only allow abortion, but would also guarantee other reproductive rights such as the right to get pregnant or to have access to birth control.

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