Recently, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to stay a court of appeals’ decision that could have closed abortion clinics in Louisiana. Some of us celebrated and breathed massive sighs of relief. But after the relief, the reality set in: This court is only one vote away from allowing states to overturn Roe v. Wade. This is why Vermont must pass H.57, a bill that will preserve a woman’s right to choose in Vermont. H.57 isn’t symbolic, nor is it radical. It is absolutely critical.

With the campaign of misinformation swirling around this bill, you might think major changes were underway in the world of reproductive healthcare. But what H.57 actually does is uphold the status quo that has existed for 46 years in Vermont. It takes 46 years of reproductive rights and codifies it into Vermont statute, guaranteeing Vermont women the same protections they have counted on for decades, should federal law suddenly cease to offer those protections.

With the attacks on reproductive rights we are seeing at the national level and within many states, I am extremely grateful to the Vermont legislature, especially the 89 House members who sponsored H.57, for recognizing what a crucial time this is for women’s rights, and for making these protections a legislative priority. Please continue support this bill. People all over the state are watching you and thanking you for your work in preserving women's access to safe reproductive health care.

Kelly McCracken

Montpelier

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