Mary Beerworth is executive director of the Vermont Right to Life Committee. In addition to working to protect human life in the womb, she seeks legal remedies to protect babies against infanticide and to stop euthanasia for the elderly and others.
Lucy Leriche, vice president of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood New England, works to promote the image of her organization, not just as an outlet for abortions, but for women’s health, including cancer screening, counseling and distribution of contraceptives.
In this episode of Vote for Vermont, Pat McDonald and Ben Kinsley interview Beerworth and Leriche to debate the controversial issue of abortion.
Beerworth and Leriche note that Vermont has no restrictions on abortion during all nine months of a woman’s pregnancy. Beerworth notes that at just three weeks from conception, the fetus has an established heartbeat and is well along in its development. Leriche argues that any restriction on abortion compromises the health and overall well-being of the mother.
With 70 percent of Vermont in favor of abortion rights, neither speaker anticipates a change in state policy. One area of ongoing discussion, however, is whether to require parental notification for an abortion.
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