Pro-abortion activists and Democrats in Vermont are using the existence of Texas’ heartbeat law to boost their efforts to overhaul The Green Mountain State’s constitution and make late-term baby-killing permanent, but one anti-infanticide group says they aren’t going to let that happen.
When the Supreme Court this week declined to block the Lone Star State’s newest pro-life law, which protects babies who have a detectable heartbeat from being aborted, Speaker of the Vermont House Jill Krowinski and Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint not only condemned the law as “one of the greatest affronts to the reproductive rights of individuals in Texas” but also used their statement to boost the abortion industry’s efforts to radicalize the Vermont constitution in favor of killing babies in the womb.
“We were all hopeful that the Supreme Court would see this for what it is, a clear violation of the federal constitutional right to obtain an abortion. These actions will surely spur legislative action restricting access to reproductive health care, and we wanted to make sure Vermonters and all Americans, know that Vermont is doing everything we can to protect reproductive rights,” the Democrats wrote. “Our current work is the most significant way we can protect this right and let all Vermonters know how fundamental this right is: amending the Vermont Constitution.”
Vermont legislators began in 2019 to push for constitutionally-backed on-demand abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy, no matter how developed a baby in utero is. The state’s legislature already had a radical pro-abortion track record, with the help of Republican Gov. Phil Scott. Not only does the state allow for “the fundamental right of every individual who becomes pregnant to choose to carry a pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to have an abortion” but it also gives “an absolute statutory right to abortion through the ninth month.”
By April of this year, the Vermont Senate had signaled its approval to move forward with Proposition 5, which seeks to add the clause “an individual’s right to personal reproductive autonomy is central to the liberty and dignity to determine one’s own life course and shall not be denied or infringed unless justified by a compelling State interest achieved by the least restrictive means” to the state’s constitution following evaluation by the state House in 2022. If passed, the potential amendment, which is heavily promoted and even financially supported by Planned Parenthood, will show up on Vermont voters’ ballots in November 2022.
In Planned Parenthood’s press release celebrating the potential amendment’s progress, the organization which profits off of killing children in the womb explicitly stated the abortion industry’s intent to make the changes national if their efforts prove successful in Vermont.
“If approved, Vermont would become the first state in the country to explicitly protect reproductive freedom in its constitution. This proactive policy work is part of a counter movement rising up from state advocates in response to the Trump agenda and Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, which puts abortion access on the line,” the 2019 statement said, noting that New York’s radical abortion legislation spurred on other states to do the same.
While Planned Parenthood attempts to jam abortion through state legislatures and into constitutions, organizations like They Have Gone Too Far (THGTF), which is dedicated to opposing the constitutional overhaul, are mobilizing Vermont voters to speak out against the measure and vote against it.
“The battle in Vermont will come down to whether we can get 177,000 voters to understand that this referendum to change the constitution would allow nine-month abortions for any reason,” Director of the American Coalition Jay Shepard told The Federalist. “The polling shows an overwhelming number of Vermonters think third-trimester abortions should not be allowed. It will take us putting enough people going door-to-door explaining the evils this amendment allows, and a strong media campaign. The supporters of this constitutional amendment only need to deceive 177,000 voters and disguise that the real purpose is to bring this nationwide to support continuation of the national abortion industry.”
The vote is still more than a year away and is pending another round of examination in the state House, but Shepard said it’s never too early to explain to Vermonters the consequences of this potential amendment.
“Vermont is being used by Planned Parenthood and their allies as a stepping stone to pass legislation and possibly a U.S. Constitutional amendment allowing the constitutional right to nine-month abortions and infanticide,” the THGTF website states, noting that if the proposition passes, “it will be used as a model in twenty one (21) other states.”
Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.
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