While some Republican governors — and even one Democrat — have recently signed pro-life bills protecting babies in the womb, one particular Republican governor has done just the opposite.
He split with his party and signed a bill that defends abortion instead of preborn babies.
According to the Washington Times, Republican Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont sided with the state’s Democrat-controlled Legislature and refused to veto a measure that supports the killing of unwanted babies in the womb.
“This legislation affirms what is already allowable in Vermont — protecting reproductive rights and ensuring those decisions remain between a woman and her health care provider,” he wrote in a statement. “I know this issue can be polarizing, so I appreciate the respectful tone and civility from all sides throughout this discussion.”
Proponents of the bill are working on a process that would label abortion a “fundamental right” in the Green Mountain State.
The H.57 bill has been likened to Illinois’ and New York’s abortion laws, according to the Washington Examiner. It does not restrict late-term abortions and is carefully worded to protect abortion clinics.
Vermont Right to Life condemned the bill, saying that it “grants abortion providers and clinics the right to sue the State if they are not allowed to establish a new abortion practice in Vermont. Unlike providers of any other medical procedure, H. 57 grants abortion providers this private right of action against the State."
The Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund praised Scott’s decision on Twitter.
But pro-life advocates were not happy with the choice he made against life.