The bill H. 57 in Vermont cleared its final hurdle a few days ago, thrusting the state into a national debate over the unborn. The bill is called the “most radical anti-life legislation in the nation”, as it declares that ending pregnancy is a “fundamental right” and it cannot be infringed.
It is now heading to the desk of the state’s Republican governor Phil Scott, who, even though is pro-choice, is not known whether will sign it or not.
The bill’s text says that the State of Vermont recognizes the fundamental right of every individual who becomes pregnant to choose to carry a pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to end that pregnancy.
The bill additionally says that the state’s public entities shall “not interfere with an individual’s fundamental rights” to “choose to carry a pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to end that pregnancy”, and it defines public entity as the “Executive, Legislative, or Judicial Branch of State Government”.
The bill even protects women who choose to end their pregnancies by themselves, and it says that no state or local law shall prosecute any individual for inducing, performing, or attempting their own termination of pregnancy.