By Dave Andrusko
Last month , Mary Hahn Beerworth, the executive director of Vermont Right to Life Committee, warned readers of NRL News Today that even more pro-abortion measures were in the offing.
The first step came today. Following testimony yesterday and two hours of debate Thursday, the Vermont House Committee on Human Services passed H.57 on a vote of 8-3.
H.57 now moves to the House Judiciary Committee.
The proposal is described as “enshrin[ing] a woman’s right to an abortion in state law.”
“The significant change in passing this legislation will not be in what is legal in Vermont,” Beerworth said. “The change is that the Vermont Legislature will move from passive acceptance of unrestricted abortion to intentional enactment.”
In an interview with Vermont Public Radio on November 19, Senate majority leader Becca Balint (D) said that abortion “will be at the forefront of Senate Democrats’ policy agenda during the 2019 legislative session.”
H. 57 was introduced in late January at a press conference with backing from 90 sponsors.
At a January 30 committee hearing, reporter Mike Faher wrote, five witnesses
raised questions about the legislation. Among the points of contention were the bill’s declaration that “every individual” has the right to an abortion with no specified age limitation, as well as language saying “a fertilized egg, embryo or fetus shall not have independent rights under Vermont law.”
That doesn’t sit well with Patricia Blair. The Bennington woman was pregnant with twins and lost both fetuses when another driver slammed into her vehicle in 2010, and she said “open-ended abortion laws” like H.57 do nothing to address what she believes should be the legal rights of the unborn.
“This bill isn’t protecting all women’s rights,” Blair said. “It’s only protecting the rights of women who choose death for their children.”
In her NRL News Today article, Beerworth outlined the many advantages pro-abortion Democrats enjoy in Vermont.
*Substantively, the most important is that following the November 2018 elections, Democrats have a veto-proof majority in both the House and Senate, clearing the way for passage of their abortion agenda.
*“Abortion already is legal in Vermont throughout all nine months of pregnancy with no regulations or restrictions on its practice,” Beerworth explained. “ Not a single one.”
*”The legislature recently stripped out all the pro-life language that prohibited abortion from the Vermont Statutes, despite its being unenforceable, as additional insurance protection for keeping abortion legal here,” Beerworth added. “Even though the effort was largely meaningless, it was on Planned Parenthood’s ‘legislative wish list’ and the pro-abortion majority granted that wish.”
*There already is ample legal protection for the unrestricted “right” to abortion.
Even should Roe v. Wade be overturned or substantially trimmed back, Senator Balint is ignoring the fact that a Vermont Supreme Court decision in 1971 (Beecham v. Leahy) legalized abortion before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade. …
The case legalized abortion with no parameters whatsoever – not even that a licensed physician be required to perform the surgery.
The Beecham v. Leahy precedent will remain the prevailing law in Vermont no matter what happens with the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal government, or the state legislature.
Vermont’s obsession with abortion is largely unmatched. As things stand now, with a legislative super-majority of abortion activists, Vermont is likely to vie with New York City to become the abortion capital of our nation.