VT’s GOP Gov. Signs Law Making Abortion a ‘Fundamental Human Right,’ Abortion Up To Birth

By Mark Jennings | June 17, 2019 | 11:59am EDT
Vermont's Republican Gov.
Phil Scott.  (Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) -- Last week, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed H. 57, a bill affirming abortion as a “fundamental human right,” and which would allow abortion up to the moment of birth.

The bill states, “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 have an abortion.”

It also states, “A fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus shall not have independent rights under Vermont law.”


Another section of the bill prohibits any “interference with reproductive choice,” stating, “A public entity…shall not, in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information, deny or interfere with an individual’s fundamental rights to choose or refuse contraception or sterilization or to choose to carry a pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to obtain an abortion.”

Finally, the bill states that any individual denied an abortion will have the right to sue the person who denied it.

“An individual injured as a result of a violation of this chapter shall have a private right of action in Superior Court against a public entity for injunctive relief arising from the violation.”

The bill gives no specifications or restrictions on abortion in relation to the pregnancy stage or fetal development.

Vermont Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson (D). (YouTube)

The bill passed the legislature in May and was signed into law on June 10.

“We need a Vermont where every Vermonter should feel free to make their personal decisions about their sexual and reproductive health care,” said House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D).  “They should be guaranteed unrestricted access to the doctors and the procedures that encompass the full range of that care, including abortion care.” 

Governor Phil Scott sent out the following press release regarding the bill:

“Like many Vermonters, I have consistently supported a woman’s right to choose, which is why today I signed H.57 into law. This legislation affirms what is already allowable in Vermont – protecting reproductive rights and ensuring those decisions remain between a woman and her health care provider.”


“This means a healthy, viable baby could be killed at 8 months, thirty days gestation. It means the abortion could be delayed or done in a manner to permit organ harvesting,” Wesley Smith, an opponent of the bill wrote for Life Site News, “It means that a fetus whose brain was sufficiently developed to experience pain could be torn slowly apart in the womb in the most agonizing manner. It would also allow sex-selection abortion and, if it were ever possible to determine, termination to prevent a gay baby from being born.”

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