Calls for Amendment to Vermont’s Constitution to Strengthen Protections for Reproductive Liberty
Vermont Business Magazine The US Supreme Court on Monday struck down a medically unnecessary Louisiana abortion restriction in a 5-4 decision in June Medical Services v. Russo. This means access to safe, legal abortion in Louisiana is protected for now, but attacks on our reproductive rights continue. The court ruled that Louisiana’s abortion restriction, which is identical to one it struck down four years ago in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, cannot stand under that precedent — it is unconstitutional to impose medically unnecessary laws that burden a person’s right to safe, legal abortion.
Statement from Lucy Leriche, Vice President of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund:
“While today is a victory for Louisianans, access to abortion is far from protected. Today’s ruling leaves the door open for politicians to continue to pass abortion restrictions across the country. Abortion is essential. Reproductive health is essential. All of us deserve to have access to reproductive health care, including abortion. It’s a matter of having control over our bodies, our lives, and our futures.”
“Here in Vermont, access to abortion is protected by state law. Vermont is also on its way to preserving reproductive liberty in the state constitution with Prop 5, which will further solidify reproductive rights in our state. With cruel abortion bans on the rise in other states, we can’t always rely on the Supreme Court to protect us and we refuse to accept that one's ability to access abortion is still determined by where you live, how much money you make, and the color of your skin. People who call Vermont home deserve to be protected no matter what, and we could be the first state in the country to guarantee reproductive liberty in our constitution with Prop 5.”
“Abortion is still safe and legal in every state in America, but we need more access to health care — not less. Politicians have made it clear they will stop at nothing to interfere with our ability to control our own bodies, lives, and futures, and Planned Parenthood will never stop fighting back.”
A record-high 77 percent of Americans say they do not want to see Roe v. Wade overturned, and there is no state where making abortion illegal is popular. But last year alone, more than 300 abortion restrictions were introduced in nearly every state in the country. Reproductive rights supporters have been galvanized by these attacks — advocating for policies that would expand health care access and protect access to safe, legal abortion, with major legislation passing in Illinois, New York, and several other states. In fact, one-quarter of all proactive abortion policies passed since Roe v. Wade were enacted just last year. Planned Parenthood Action Fund will continue to push Congress to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would protect against these harmful restrictions put forward by state politicians.
Source: Planned Parenthood of Northern New England 6.29.2020