Vermont votes to enshrine abortion in constitution, press drafts – Catholic World Report

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Washington, DC Newsroom, Nov. 8, 2022 / 9:00 p.m. (CNA).

Vermont will be among the first states to enshrine the right to abortion in its constitution, according to a local media who reported a pro-abortion proposal in that state passed on Tuesday.

VTDigger, which covers current affairs in Vermont and is a project of the Vermont Journalism Trust, Ltd., announced that Section 22, also known as Proposition 5, has been passed in that state through a ballot initiative in the midterm elections.

“With more than 142,000 votes counted, ‘yes’ votes for Proposition 5 outnumbered ‘no’ votes by a margin of 72% to 22%, according to a preliminary vote tally released by the Secretary’s Office. ‘State at 9:10 p.m. Tuesday,’ the outlet reported. “About 5% left the question blank.”

Following VTDigger’s conclusion, several other organizations considered the proposal adopted, including the ACLU.

Starting at 10:15 p.m. EST, the New York Times yielded 26% of the votes counted, with 76.1% voting “yes” and 23.9% voting “no”.

Americans in five states voted on the abortion issue in the 2022 midterm elections. Three states – California, Michigan and Vermont – have proposed constitutional amendments to advance abortion. At the same time, Kentucky citizens were weighing a pro-life amendment and Montana voters deciding on a measure that promises to protect babies born alive after an attempted abortion.

Before election day, polls have indicated strong support for the abortion measure in Vermont.

What is Section 22?

On Election Day, the citizens of Vermont voted on the constitutional amendment Article 22, or Proposition 5, that promotes abortion.

Its text reads: “That an individual’s right to personal reproductive autonomy is central to the freedom and dignity to determine one’s own life course and should not be denied or infringed unless justified. by a compelling state interest achieved by the least restrictive means.

Abortion is legal in the state until birth.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, which includes the entire state of Vermont, reposted a article in its diocesan bulletin warning that the amendment “promises to enshrine unlimited and unregulated abortion during the nine months of pregnancy in the founding document of our state” and would “permanently block any attempt to protect the unborn child – even those who can survive outside the womb”.

Vermont Right to Life Committee urged citizens to vote no.

Led by pro-abortion groups, Vermont Voting Committee for Reproductive Freedom argued instead that “we need this amendment because important medical decisions should be guided by a patient’s health and well-being, not by the beliefs of a politician”.

This is a developing story.

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