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VT Digger Dr. Lauren MacAfee: False claims about the Reproductive Liberty Amendment 12/26/2021 9:21 AM
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  1. Dr. Lauren MacAfee. I don’t know if you’ll see this response. I would have responded on VTDigger but they don’t permit responses to articles. Guy Page and his Daily Chronicle is more First Amendment friendly. Anyway, I hope you see this. Your article supports the passage of Proposition 5 with the goal of enshrining “reproductive rights” in the Vermont constitution. You suggest it is misleading to claim that Prop 5 will ensure that abortion will remain legal in Vermont up the moment of birth. Of course, it will; Proposition 5 will prevent the enactment of legal restrictions on abortion, including late-term abortion. Don’t you agree? You claim that the term, “abortion up to the moment of birth” is a political term, not a medical term? What is your point? Whether the term is labelled political or medical, an unborn child dies in every successful abortion, whether after a few weeks or in the ninth month. Do you deny this? Prop 5 will foreclose the possibility that any future Vermont legislature could enact legal protections for the unborn. You say the abortion discussion is properly only between you and the mother. The current law however does permit legal protection. Vermont simply has chosen not to enact any protections. Roe v. Wade has permits restrictions, as many restrictions have been enacted in other states. You want to go further than Roe. The Vermont legislature (and you) are asking the Vermont people to go way beyond Roe and prevent ANY restrictions forever, even if a future legislature would consider such legislation. Are you willing to acknowledge that you simply are saying the unborn child need not and should not receive any legal protection up to the moment of birth? Isn’t that what Proposition 5 would guarantee? Why can’t you just admit this and advocate for this position. You think late term abortions should continue to be permitted in Vermont. Correct? Be honest with the people of Vermont as you engage in the political dialog. Frankly you seem to be admitting the lack of political support for such a position and seeking to obsfucate the real issue. The late-term abortion is unpopular. You can’t have it both ways – you say the political process should stay out of your business and you’re asking the body politic to amend the constitution to forever foreclose the political process from engaging on the subject again. What are you afraid of? Why not just explain your true aim and let the Vermont people decide whether they want to forever allow abortion up to the moment of birth and forever prohibit any reconsideration by their elected representatives? I don’t think the Vermont people support such a position and they should vote no and not amend the constitution.

  2. Thank you for the clarity in what prop 5 is all about. Keep those letter coming You have a God given gift for writing the truth . again thank you Frank Kane

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