Pro-choice politicians play offense!: Vermont introduces bill protecting right to abortion

The bill serves "as an important legislative action in support of a woman’s reproductive rights," lawmakers say

Published January 9, 2014 2:03PM (EST)

Remember those optimistic reproductive rights predictions for 2014? Well, it seems the year is already off to a good start.

Vermont this week introduced legislation to strike down any remaining statutes criminalizing abortion in the state in order to recognize and protect a woman's right to abortion.

As Emily Crockett at RH Reality Check notes, the statutes currently on the books predate Roe v. Wade and are thus unenforceable, but the coalition of lawmakers behind the bill believe that formally invalidating them would “serve as an important legislative action in support of a woman’s reproductive rights as well as help a health care provider to perform an abortion without fear of criminal liability.”

New York state is also poised to consider officially codifying Roe v. Wade into state law, with lawmakers expected to take up the measure this year.

It looks like pro-choice politicians are ready to play offense in 2014, which is a welcome change. Let's see where the rest of the year takes us.


By Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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