Vermont Abortion Bill Would Go Further than New York’s

The Vermont State House has introduced a bill that, if passed, would be the most radical abortion law to date, eclipsing even the law New York state passed on Jan. 22.

The Vermont Freedom of Choice Act would make it legal to have an abortion with no restrictions up until live birth. Unlike New York, which requires widely flexible “health” reasons for an abortion beyond 24 weeks, the Vermont bill would “act to safeguard the right to abortion … by ensuring that right is not denied, restricted or infringed upon by a governmental entity.”

“I think it’s completely dangerous, irresponsible, poorly written and should be voted down,” Mary Hahn Beerworth of Vermont Right to Life Committee told the NBC-TV affiliate in Montpelier.

Within hours of a Feb. 6 public hearing on the bill, a House panel advanced it out of committee, 8-3. Vermont joins New Mexico and Rhode Island as the latest states trying to expand abortion laws.