“Progressive” politicians have been getting increasingly extreme over the last few years, with gender and reproductive issues being the main battlegrounds. The bitterest fights, as usual, are over abortion – and it seems like there are no limits to what Leftists are willing to push for now. So far their efforts have been mostly resisted, but they have managed to push through a radical pro-abortion bill in New York. Now, ultra-liberal Vermont is working on a bill that would be even worse.
A new bill being pushed through Vermont’s state legislature has been dubbed “the most radical abortion bill in the world”. If passed it will remove almost all protection for unborn children in the state, leaving them in a degree of danger usually only found in places like Communist China.
- The bill, H-0057, effectively removes all restrictions on abortions apart from basic medical safety requirements. It’s being billed as “preserving women’s right to abortion” in the face of liberal worries about a possible repeal of Roe vs Wade, but the reality is that it doesn’t preserve abortion rights; it extends them beyond anything that’s ever been seen in the US.
- The bill declares two “fundamental rights” that apply to everyone in Vermont. The first of these is the right to choose or refuse contraception or sterilization. That one isn’t too controversial, unless it starts forcing other people to pay for these choices.
- The second “right”, however, basically gives abortionists free rein to do what they like. It declares, “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.”
- The bill goes on to say, “A fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus shall not have independent rights under Vermont law.” The right to life, obviously, is an independent right. H-0057 takes this away and leaves it in the hands of the mother.
- So far that’s not too dissimilar to what Democrats in other states, including Virginia and Rhode Island, are pushing for. However the Vermont bill goes further.
- If passed, the bill will allow abortions without consideration of viability. That means there’s no need to show any medical or other reason for an abortion to take place. That means abortion will be, basically, available on demand.
- Unfortunately there’s almost no chance of H-0057 not becoming law. Democrats have large majorities in both chambers of the Vermont General Assembly, and governor Phil Scott has already said he’ll sign the bill if it’s presented to him.