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VT pro-life group recommends Libertarian over Republican for Congress

Redic opposes Article 22, Madden supports it

By Guy Page

The Vermont Right to Life Political Committee recently announced it recommends pro-life Vermonters choose Libertarian nominee Ericka Redic for Congress over GOP nominee Liam Madden and Democrat nominee Becca Balint.

VRLCPC emphasized that it uses the word ‘recommends’ rather than the stronger term ‘endorses.’ And the party label adheres somewhat loosely to both candidates. Redic is historically a Republican with Libertarian leanings who chose to accept the Libertarian nomination only after the avowed political independent Madden won the GOP nomination in the August 9 primary. 

Still, Vermont pro-life voters might wonder why a nominee of the famously pro-choice Libertarian Party got the nod over the nominee from the Republican Party which, alone among Vermont political parties, includes in its Vermont party platform this plank: “We value the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.”

Liam Madden

While both candidates oppose the proposed federal ban on abortion, they disagree on Article 22, the state’s proposed “reproductive liberty” constitutional amendment. As they stated during a September 15 VTDigger candidate debate, Madden supports Article 22. Redic opposes it. Furthermore, she passionately states her support for crisis pregnancy centers and mourns that as a young woman she had an abortion without knowing CPC help was available. 

Redic and Madden state their views, beginning at about the 21:10 mark. 

VT Digger: Earlier this week, Senator Lindsey Graham proposed a bill that would ban abortion nationwide at 15 weeks of gestation. Miss Redic, at VTDigger’s Republican primary U.S House debate in June, you said you would not support a federal abortion ban, saying the issue should be left to the states. Is this still your position?

Redic: Yes, it is it is still my position. I think that the reality of the circumstance that we’re in right now is that there are literally hundreds of thousands over a million women every year in the United States who find themselves in a position of being pregnant and not knowing what to do. I was in this position in my early 20s, and being born and raised in Vermont, where you just get taught, because our culture here is such that if you get pregnant out of wedlock and you and your boyfriend is not gonna, whatever, then you just get an abortion. That’s just what you do, and so that’s what I thought I was supposed to do. 

Now that I’m older I actually can’t have children, so now I’m going to miss out on the opportunity of motherhood because I didn’t know that there was an organization out there that could help me, not only with my medical care and supplies, but giving me parent coaching, giving the father parent coaching, and helping us work together as a family. That’s why I support organizations like Aspire now that help women in crisis pregnancy, to know that they can choose life, that they can keep that child. 

What I want to see, in a place like Vermont where we give over a million dollars to abortion clinics, like a million and a half dollars to abortion clinics, and zero dollars to Pregnancy Resource Centers, what I would love to see is for our state to Reject article 22 to say that abortion up to nine months is not okay. 85 percent of Americans agree.

VTDigger: Mr Madden, at that same June debate you said you would support compromise abortion legislation based on fetal viability. Please describe what a suitable compromise of abortion legislation would mean to you.

Madden: Ericka, I’m so sorry that happened to you. That’s heartbreaking. I’d like to start with some areas of agreement. I agree with Ruth Bader Ginsburg that access to abortion is central to a woman’s dignity. I agree with Justice Ginsburg that this issue is better decided by legislation than by courts. And I agree that the Constitutional grounds for protecting abortion is better rooted in equal protection clause rather than the Roe versus Wade privacy rights argument. 

But where I agree with Becca is that I think we agree that 99 percent of abortions happen before a fetus is independently viable, and those should be protected choices, and we agree that the majority of all abortions after that are likely due to the health of the mother being in jeopardy or the fetus being incompatible with life. 

So I think we would agree that if we were to allow states to prevent some late-term abortions, excluding the ones that I just mentioned, we would be only preventing an extremely rare instance of elective abortions in the last term, which is probably like less than one in a thousand. 

Where we disagree is that I believe it is relevant when a child can live independently of the mother and that provides a moral and legal complexity that deserves attention. Even if elective late term abortions are rare, we provide regulation around all sorts of other rare occurrences when they’re ethically relevant. 

This week Becca Balint sent a text message to thousands of Vermonters saying that she needed money because her opponent is anti-choice and at first I was kind of angry about this because I thought it was misleading to say that someone who believes in a constitutional amendment protecting 99% of the choices is not anti-choice. 

But I’m thinking about it more, and I’m realizing that I don’t think you actually see that there’s nuance here, Rebecca, and I’m so happy to be a voice for the middle 80% of Vermonters who want a voice in this discussion.

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16 replies »

  1. How can anybody trust Liam (the camelion) Madden ? Is he a Republican ? is he a Democrat ? is he an Independent ? I guess it depends on the foliage around him.

  2. I note at the top of the article it states that, “ Redic backs Article 22, Madden doesn’t.” Isn’t that backwards?- The article goes on to say just the opposite… Thank you for any clarification.

  3. Balint, an author of Article 22, created such a poor amendment that it will actually interfere with a woman’s autonomy by allowing the father, or putative father, to have a say in the abortion. By not stating that the amendment refers to a ‘woman’ only anyone with a vested interest in the pregnancy can have a say. The father, the grandparents…the State! Promoting Balint to even higher office, when she has clearly disqualified herself through this legislative incompetence, is not rational.

  4. Note that there are no age restrictions. Nothing about parental rights. Think of the opportunity for pedophiles.

  5. I have heard Liam Madden say he will vote no for article 22/ prop 5 multiple times. He said the wording is too vague. Does anybody know why Erika Redic was not included in the VP debate? I was very disappointed she was not included.

    • Re: ‘Does anybody know why Erika Redic was not included in the VP debate?’

      I asked Vermont Public (VP) Managing Editor Matthew Smith to ask candidates Balint and Madden that same question.

      Question: What do candidates Balint and Madden think of the Vermont Public debate policy that is restricted by an unnamed “statewide scientific nonpartisan poll” to include only the so-called ‘major party’ republican and democrat nominees, when there are four other ‘viable’ candidates qualified to be listed on the state-wide ballot? Do the democrat and republican candidates honestly believe that this restricted debate policy truly provides “voters the chance to draw clear distinctions between viable candidates”?

      When editor Smith responded to my question, basically reiterating the VP debate policy to me, I reminded him that VP had asked listeners to submit questions for the candidates and that my question was to be asked of them, as VP had indicated it would do.

      Suffice it to say, Editor Smith apparently did not allow the debate moderator to present my question to either candidate. And while I can’t read Smith’s mind, I think it’s fair to say Vermont Public continues to censor its content to meet the prescribed point of view of its major donors, that include but are not limited to the Johnson Family Foundation and the Lintilhac Foundation.

      The NY based Johnson Family Foundation is instrumental in VT Diggers editorial policies too. And Lintilhac has increasingly strong interest in the Vermont Public Research Group (VPIRG) that lobbies the Vermont Legislature to provide support for the solar subsidies that encouraged the creation of the SunCommon solar power company. And keep in mind that it was two VPIRG board members who later founded SunCommon and then sold the company for about $40 Million.

      In short, it’s always about the money.

      Best bet – vote for Erika Redic. Who knows, Madden may split Balint’s progressive support, thereby allowing Redic to cross the finish line with the most votes. One can only hope.

  6. Can anyone explain why an individual who falsely ran as a Republican and then said that he is really an independent can be trusted ? Maddin is a charlatan and will not win this election simply because he does not know who he really is. He is a loser straight up. Unfortunately, Balint will win the lopsided election and Redic will come in 2nd. Madden is toast

    • Err, Redic ran as a Republican. Was perhaps rightly incensed that the misogynistic GOP primary voters entered the booth and voted for ‘not the woman’ (explain how the same electorate chose both Madden and Maloy when they are polar opposites), and is now no longer a Republican.

      While you are at it, ask Redic where she stands on Libertarian planks such as the legalization of all recreational drugs, open borders, opposition to the death penalty. removal of professional licensure, ending social security and Medicare, etc. (https://www.lp.org/platform/)

      You might find that she is not a libertarian, but yet another in a long line of authoritarian Republicans.

      • She is well in line with the Mises Caucus of the Libertarian Party which is economically Libertarian and generally socially conservative.

  7. Personally, I think it’s time to send a regular person to congress, one who is not bought and paid for and actually cares about Vermont and it’s people. For that qualification, the only person is Ericka Redic. The state has been ruined by ideologically driven professional, political grifters from out of state. The best and honest candidate that deserves a chance to represent her state should not be a tool used by the donors and social justice warrior non-profit slush funds. For the best representation for we, the people should be someone not owned by the deep pockets that buy candidates. For these reasons alone, Ericka Redic should be our first congresswoman. The time is right and we must return the government back to it’s rightful owners, the people! Ericka Redic, for congress!

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