Legislation to eliminate abortion restrictions have dominated headlines in recent weeks as outrage builds over how extreme progressives are willing to be in order to preserve so-called women's rights.
So far, New York has been the only state to successfully pass new pro-abortion legislation. Some Democrats in Virginia tried and failed, and Rhode Island continues to consider its legislation. All of the bills are weaved together by a common thread: They appear to remove nearly all abortion regulations, even allowing abortions during the third trimester requiring only vague justification.
But one state's bill, which has been dubbed "the most radical abortion legalization statute in the world," may top them all.
What are the details?
Vermont legislators are currently considering a bill that goes further than New York or Virginia, a frightening proposition considering one Virginia lawmaker admitted her bill would allow abortions up to the moment of birth.
The bill, H-0057, would remove all practical abortion regulations, establishing the "fundamental right" to the procedure without restriction while completely eradicating any consideration for an unborn child's viability.
The bill declares:
- Every individual has the fundamental right to choose or refuse contraception or sterilization.
- Every individual who becomes pregnant has the fundamental right to choose to carry a pregnancy to term, give birth to a child, or to have an abortion.
- A fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus shall not have independent rights under Vermont law.
What distinguishes Vermont's bill from that of New York, Virginia, or Rhode Island is that it would permit abortions without consideration of viability, a major point of contention in the abortion debate. Additionally, the law does not outline restrictions related to the health of the mother or unborn child, effectively permitting abortions for any reason.
Abortion as a fundamental right?
That's correct. According to the bill, the state of Vermont shall not "deny or interfere with an individual's fundamental rights to choose or refuse contraception or sterilization or to choose to carry a pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to obtain an abortion."
Will the bill become law?
There is very little chance the bill will not become law. Democrats control a strong majority in both chambers of the Vermont General Assembly, where the bill has 91 co-authors, more than enough to ensure passage in the Vermont House.
Meanwhile, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (D) has said he would sign the bill if passed. He told a local Vermont newspaper the bill is a response to growing fear the Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade. A public hearing on the bill is scheduled for Feb. 6 in the House chamber in Montpelier, Vermont.