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State of Vermont

Senate Chamber

Montpelier, Vermont

Senate Resolution

By Senators Lyons, Ayer, Bartlett, Campbell, Collins, Condos, Flanagan, Giard, Hartwell, Kitchel, Kittell, Miller, Nitka, Racine, Sears, Shumlin, Snelling and White,

     S.R. 9.  Senate resolution commemorating the 34th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade legalizing a woman’s right to reproductive choice.

Whereas, on January 22, 1973, in a landmark decision, the United States 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 Senate:

That the Senate of the State of Vermont 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 Secretary of the Senate be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each member of the Vermont Congressional delegation.


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