Updated 2/8/2022: Today the Vermont House of Representatives voted to pass the Reproductive Liberty Amendment (view our statement here). This was the final step in the four-year legislative process required to place the Reproductive Liberty Amendment on the ballot in November 2022.
Thank you for contacting your Representatives and telling them to pass Prop 5. The next step is voting YES for reproductive freedom on your ballot on Election Day.
The Supreme Court’s continued refusal to block Texas’ ban on abortion is part of a mounting nationwide threat: the whittling away of reproductive liberties in this country.
While we fight this and other disastrous anti-choice laws in the courts, Vermont has an opportunity to protect abortion rights and become the first state to explicitly enshrine reproductive liberty in our state constitution. Proposition 5, the Reproductive Liberty Amendment, would do just that.
As we commemorate the 49th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade on January 22, we recognize that soon, the ability to get an abortion will be on the line for everyone in America. Half of states are already poised to ban abortion if Roe is overturned, and politicians will try to ban it nationwide if they have the opportunity.
The right to decide if, when, and how to have children is critical to an individual’s self-determination. With the fate of Roe hanging in the balance, state-level protections are vital to safeguarding people’s access to reproductive health care. Vermont can set an example of what is possible by codifying reproductive autonomy as a constitutional and fundamental right for all.
The Reproductive Liberty Amendment is both a simple and profound affirmation of our values – values that Vermonters have cherished for generations. For these values to be protected definitively in our state, they must be enshrined in our constitution. We’re counting on you to help us make this happen.