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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

House Resolution

H.R. 7

House resolution commemorating the 34th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v Wade legalizing a woman’s right to reproductive choice

Offered by:  Representatives Donovan of Burlington, Ancel of Calais, Brooks of Montpelier, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Evans of Essex, Gilbert of Fairfax, Grad of Moretown, Head of S. Burlington, Hosford of Waitsfield, Jewett of Ripton, Larson of Burlington, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Marek of Newfane, Masland of Thetford, McDonald of Berlin, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Sweaney of Windsor, Trombley of Grand Isle, Westman of Cambridge and Weston of Burlington

Whereas, on January 22, 1973 in a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its historic ruling in Roe v Wade which affirmed that every woman has the right to weigh the personal, moral, and religious considerations involved in deciding when or whether to have children, and

Whereas, one of the most private and difficult decisions is whether to begin, prevent, continue, or terminate a pregnancy, and

Whereas, Vermonters have a proud tradition of trusting women in consultation with their families and doctors to make personal decisions about their reproductive lives, and

Whereas, this legislative body has been a reliable advocate for women and families, and

Whereas, families are strengthened by encouraging and promoting access to comprehensive family planning services, and

Whereas, women and men should have more meaningful access to family planning services that prevent unintended pregnancies, thereby reducing the need for abortion, and

Whereas, legal and practical barriers to the full range of reproductive services endanger women’s health and lives, and

Whereas, after the Roe v Wade decision, access to safe and legal abortions has protected the health and lives of thousands of American women and virtually eliminated the risk of death and complications caused by unsafe and illegal abortions, and

Whereas, despite the strong history of the Roe v Wade decision, there are increasing threats to reproductive health and freedom emerging from all branches and levels of government, and

Whereas, true equality in education, employment, and society can only be achieved if women have the ultimate decision to control their reproductive lives, now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives:

That this legislative body reaffirms the right of every Vermont woman to privacy, autonomy, and safety in making personal decisions regarding reproduction and family planning, and be it further

Resolved:  That the clerk of the house be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each member of the Vermont Congressional Delegation.


____________________________              Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House


                                                                      Donald G. Milne

                                                                      Clerk, House of Representatives

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont