Letters 02 – 14 – 2012

Legislator cites disrespectful use of pro-Roe v. Wade resolution 

Our State Legislature has the honor and privilege of having its citizens come into the House Chamber and listen to the business of the day while we are in session. Last Friday in the House, we honored with resolutions Vermont Eagle Scouts and their leaders for their achievements, and also several other fine young sports teams and their coaches. In attendance were also many parents who were sharing in the pride of those recognitions.

With these young people and their families in attendance, a resolution was also read to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that 39 years ago legalized abortion. With no warning whatsoever, those young people, who were guests in our House that day, along with other Legislators who believe in the sanctity of human life, were subjected to the reading of that resolution. A roll call was also requested to vote on the resolution, and the young people and families who were there also had to sit through that. I left the House Chamber in protest as the resolution was being read and returned to vote no on the resolution.

I believe that an apology ought to be given to those young people and guests that were sitting there in our House Chamber last Friday, for the insensitivity and inappropriateness of that situation that they were subjected to. I personally am saddened that our Legislature allowed that to happen.

As a Legislator I believe that it is my duty to first do no harm to our citizens, and to defend life and protect those who are not able to protect themselves; the unborn, children, the elderly, and the disabled. That is why I ran to be a Representative for my constituents, and that is what I will continue to do to the best of my ability.

I appreciate the young people and their families who were there in our State House last Friday. They have made us proud. I am sorry that we did not return the favor.


Rep. Vicki Strong, Albany



Notes & Events

Wed. February 15th: The Stowe Republican Town Committee will be sponsoring a public forum on healthcare reform, 7 pm at the Stowe Fire & Rescue Building. Speakers will include Rutland Treasurer Wendy Wilton (Finance Issues), Bob Gaydos (Insurance Strategies and impact on Businesses), and Dr. Bill Minsinger (Impact on medical care and Dr. Patient relations).

Sat. February 18th: “Green Mountain Care: what every Vermonter should know” will be presented at 10 am at the Wells Village School on Route 30.” The event is free and the general public is encouraged to attend this event regarding the impacts of Vermont’s health care law, Act 48. The educational event is hosted by the Wells Republican Committee. Guest speakers for the event will be State Senator Randy Brock, Rutland area physician Daniel McCauliffe, MD, and Rutland Treasurer Wendy Wilton.


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