The Vermont House gave final approval Tuesday to a state constitutional amendment that would keep abortion on demand legal even if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
The Washington Post reports the lawmakers voted 107-41 in favor of the pro-abortion amendment, Proposal 5, despite Republican lawmakers’ warnings about dire consequences for human life. In November, a majority of voters also must approve Proposal 5 on the ballot for it to be added to the state constitution.
Before the vote Tuesday, state Rep. Anne Donahue, R-Northfield, spoke out against the amendment, pointing to other bad U.S. Supreme Court rulings on eugenics and segregation, according to the report.
“We as human beings have made a lot of mistakes at times when we thought we were doing the right thing,” Donahue said. “When we start putting a current belief in the constitution, I think we’re playing with fire.”
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