Planned Parenthood applauds Vermont's radical abortion bills
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2019-05-15

The Catholic News Agency reported this week that a radical abortion bill (H. 57), “An act relating to preserving the right to abortion,” passed both the state House and Senate. The bill seeks to “recognize as a fundamental right the freedom of reproductive choice and to prohibit public entities from interfering with or restricting the right of an individual to terminate the individual’s pregnancy.”

The bill is now going to the governor for his expected signature. Once signed, it will take effect immediately.  

As expected, Planned Parenthood is delighted with this bill that would permit abortions for any reason during the entire nine months of pregnancy.

Meagan Gallagher, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (which includes Vermont), said that the state was “the shining example for all other states . . . Vermont lawmakers made history today by declaring that reproductive rights are human rights . . . We applaud Vermont’s legislature for making its position clear on reproductive freedom, that protecting the health, dignity, and civil rights of Vermonters is urgently important.”

Dr. Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said that this was “history in the making. With Trump in the White House and Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, it is more important than ever for states to enact proactive policies to create a critical backstop and protect access to safe, legal abortion care. We at Planned Parenthood commend reproductive health care champions for their leadership and their work to protect the lives and well-being of women and families in Vermont.”

Although Bishop Christopher Coyne of Burlington said “I am disappointed that Vermont legislators have decided to move forward with H. 57, even amid many strong, authentic, and educated testimonies in opposition to the bill,” the bishop did not announce any actions he would take against Catholic legislators who voted in favor of the bill.