Matt Mills

Constitutional amendment would leave reproductive decisions to the individual

As a Vermonter who has lived here all my life and seen the uplifting of individual rights grow, thanks to our Legislature and those voting for those decision-makers, I am urging others to support the passage of the Reproductive Liberty Amendment (Proposition 5) to our state constitution.

In light of the 15-week ban on abortion services in Mississippi, argued recently before the U.S. Supreme Court, and the six-week ban on the same in Texas, it is not unlikely that the legal rights to such care held by individuals across the U.S. might be limited or abolished sometime in the not-so-distant future.

The Reproductive Liberty Amendment is simple: if passed, it would ensure that reproductive decisions are up to the individual to make without interference from politicians who would restrict these rights.

The individual protections of the Reproductive Liberty Amendment are for the rights of all people in Vermont to become pregnant, to carry a pregnancy to term, and to choose or refuse contraception, sterilization, and abortion.

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