The House Judiciary Committee on Friday approved Vermont’s controversial abortion bill, H.57, after a week of review.
Why is it that with all the brain power and tools man has developed to accomplish amazing things, he is unable to admit that what he sees on that ultrasound picture right before him is a dependent human being just beginning life’s journey?
Human Services approved H.57 Thursday with minor changes and Judiciary is taking testimony today and tomorrow.
The House Human Services Committee on Thursday approved unrestricted abortion following a packed public hearing Wednesday at which many Vermonters decried late-term abortions as barbaric and inhumane.
H.57 seeks to “protect” something so awful that it is illegal almost the world over. That is the case that will so easily enable this new Supreme Court to finally declare the rights of these children who cannot speak for themselves.
Supporters of H.57, the unrestricted abortion bill, say it only establishes in statute Vermont’s “status quo” of unrestricted abortion. In the world of legal technicalities and constitutional law, this is sort of true.
“The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act prohibits exactly the kind of infanticide that Gov. Northam was endorsing. That’s it. That’s what the legislation is about.”
S.16, sponsored by Sen. Tim Ashe, would protect vertebrate animals — including lab rats and mice — from being used for non-medical research. At the same time, H.57 would decree that throughout the entire pregnancy, “the fetus shall not have independent rights under Vermont law.”
Imagine the horror of a baby, who is moments away from seeing daylight and breathing its first breath, fully formed in the mother’s womb, being destroyed with less mercy than that shown a rabid animal. Can you let this be done in your name as a voting citizen of Vermont?
I don’t believe either H.57 or S.25 is a proper response should Roe be overturned. H.57 completely eliminates Roe’s balancing test by declaring a fetus to have no rights at all.
Next week, the House Human Services and Judiciary committees will hold a formal public hearing on H.57. The hearing is scheduled for 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Statehouse. All Vermonters are welcome to attend and testify.