By Dave Andrusko
When H.57 sailed through the Vermont legislature, what remote chance there was that this bill legalizing unlimited, unregulated abortion through all nine months of pregnancy could be derailed rested with Gov. Phil Scott.
Yesterday, Gov. Scott sided with the abortion lobby, “rejecting any regulation of abortion, abortionists, and abortion clinics, including measures to protect the health and safety of girls and women,” according to Mary Hahn Beerworth, Executive Director of Vermont Right to Life. “His signature signals his preference for protecting the business of abortion over other life-affirming options in Vermont statute.”
Pro-abortionists adopted the mantra that H. 57 merely “codified” current abortion practice in Vermont, which is patently untrue. “H. 57 goes beyond Roe v. Wade, and may well be the most radical anti-life law in the nation,” stated Sharon Toborg, Policy Analyst for Vermont Right to Life.
“H.57 grants abortion providers and clinics the right to sue the State if they are not allowed to establish a new abortion practice in Vermont,” she added. “Unlike providers of any other medical procedure, H. 57 grants abortion providers this private right of action against the State.”
Beerworth observed that while always calling himself “pro-choice,” throughout the year Scott “has expressed support for parental involvement legislation for minor daughters considering an abortion, concern for abortions occurring in the later in months of pregnancy, and shielding taxpayers from funding them. “ With his signature of H.57 , “Scott has embraced without reservation the agenda of the powerful pro-abortion lobby.”
The Abortion Lobby has always had a powerful presence in Vermont, but now Democrats hold supermajorities in both houses. Thus the 24-6 vote in the Senate and 106 to 37 vote in the House was hardly unexpected.
As Beerworth previously told NRL News Today, following the November 2018 elections, Democrats enjoyed a veto-proof majority in both the House and Senate, making for passage of their abortion agenda all but inevitable.
“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.”