Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says women should have the choice whether or not to have an abortion and is backing a bill in the House that would codify the right under state law.
Sponsors and supporters say the proposed legislation is in response to fears that a conservative majority on the US Supreme Court could rollback protections in place since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
Some lawmakers are concerned about the lack of restrictions in the bill, but the governor says he wants to see it go through the legislative process.
“I am supportive of a woman’s right to choose, and I’m supportive of Roe v. Wade,” Scott said. “This (bill) is in response to federal action, or the federal fear of action, to roll back Roe v. Wade, and I think that should be protected.”
More than 90 Vermont House members have co-sponsored the abortion-rights bill.
A public hearing on the bill is scheduled for Feb. 6 in the House chamber in Montpelier.