November 8, 2022

Contact: Stephanie Gomory, Communications Director, [email protected], 802-223-6304 x111

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Vermont voters have passed Proposal 5, the Reproductive Liberty Amendment, which was presented as a ballot measure in Vermont’s general election. The amendment adds Article 22 to the state constitution, ensuring that reproductive rights are protected in Vermont—including the right to access abortion.

The following statement can be attributed to ACLU of Vermont Executive Director James Lyall:

“Vermont voters made history today, enshrining in our state’s constitution the strongest abortion rights protections in the country. This is an historic victory for everyone who values reproductive liberty, bodily autonomy, and the right to access abortion care. We are deeply grateful to the countless supporters, allies, and community members who fought for this outcome and with whom we are celebrating the passage of Prop 5.

“This outcome is the culmination of more than four years of collective efforts in the state legislature and in communities across the state—all to ensure that our reproductive rights remain secure, just as they have been for generations. It is a momentous occasion for Vermont, and for the nationwide movement for reproductive liberty.

“The right to decide when and if to become a parent is central to an individual’s dignity and well-being. Vermonters have sent a powerful message that they value this fundamental right and will not tolerate it being taken away. The adoption of Article 22 means that abortion stays legal in Vermont and that patients will continue to have access to necessary reproductive care.

“Voters across the country have rejected the Supreme Court’s shameful decision overturning Roe v. Wade. With millions of people losing access to abortion and with essential healthcare being criminalized throughout entire regions of our country, these voters have stated unequivocally that we oppose the anti-abortion movement’s extreme and dangerous agenda, and that we will never stop fighting for the reproductive autonomy of all.

“The ACLU is proud to have played a role in this historic victory, and yet we are not finished. In partnership with state leaders, we, our partners, and our supporters will now redouble our efforts to ensure that everyone in Vermont has access to reproductive healthcare, regardless of who they are or where they are from. We look forward to continuing that work together.

“Today’s victory shows what is possible when ‘We the People’ live out our values and when we come together in defense of our shared rights and liberties.”