State of Vermont Archives: on Abortion

David Zuckerman: Add reproductive autonomy to Vermont Constitution

A woman's right to choose is imperative to our democracy and to the freedom of over half of our population. Vermont has made strides in protecting Vermonters from national politics that may reduce abortion rights across the country. However, we can never be complacent, and we must work to pass Proposition 5 to add reproductive autonomy to the Vermont Constitution to insulate Vermont from negative changes at the federal level.
Source: 2020 Vermont governor campaign website Apr 3, 2020

David Zuckerman: Protect funding for Planned Parenthood

We will do all in our power to protect funding for Planned Parenthood to ensure they can continue to provide general health services to the thousands of Vermont women and men who rely on them.
Source: 2020 Vermont governor campaign website Apr 3, 2020

Eddie Melton: Lets abortion bill become law, recognizes fundamental right

Bill H.57 would "recognize as a fundamental right the freedom of reproductive choice" and "prohibit public entities from interfering with or restricting the right of an individual to terminate the individual's pregnancy." Scott's communications director said that he will not veto it. "The Governor is and has been pro-choice and believes in a woman's right to choose, so he has ruled out vetoing the bill -- it will become law," she wrote in an email.
Source: coverage of Vermont legislative voting record H.57 Jul 6, 2019

Christine Hallquist: Protect a women's right to choose

Protect all women's health initiatives and a women's right to choose.
Source: 2018 VT governor Campaign website Sep 1, 2018

Keith Stern: Pro-life advocate but will not interfere with settled law

Stern is also pro-life, but said he wouldn't interfere with "settled law" making abortions legal if elected. "If it ever got brought up, and I had to decide, I'd have to think long and hard," Stern said.
Source: Stowe Today on 2018 Vermont Gubernatorial race Jun 21, 2018

Scott Milne: Pro-life; and no free birth control

Q: What is your stance on abortion?

Scott Milne: Pro-life

Q: Should health insurance providers be required to offer free birth control?

Scott Milne: No

Source: Voter Guide on 2016 Vermont Senate race Sep 9, 2016

Bruce Lisman: Supports abortion rights and funding for Planned Parenthood

Vermont Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Lisman has announced he'll support Ohio Gov. John Kasich for president. "I'm supporting Governor John Kasich because he is a competent manager who has helped to revitalize his state's economy, while bringing both Democrats and Republicans together," Lisman said in a statement.

The Vermont Democratic Party jumped on the news with a statement that pointed out Kasich had signed a bill to block Ohio state funds from going to Planned Parenthood. That means Lisman and Kasich may differ on at least one issue: The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus reported in October that Lisman supports abortion rights and funding for Planned Parenthood.

Source: Burlington Free Press on 2016 Vermont Gubernatorial race Feb 29, 2016

David Zuckerman: Supports public funds for abortion procedures

Q: Should abortions be illegal after the first trimester of pregnancy?


Q: Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?


Q: Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?


Q: Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?


Q: Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?


Q: Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?


Q: Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?


Source: Vote Smart Vermont State 2014 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2014

Scott Milne: Pro-choice but exact positions are unknown

The Vermont Right to Life Political Committee released its endorsements for the primary election on Monday. The organization encourages its members to choose the Republican ballot. The committee chose not to recommend a candidate for governor. Scott Milne, Dan Feliciano and Emily Peyton are pro-choice. "Scott Milne's exact positions are unknown at this time, though he has communicated a willingness to better understand the issues," the committee said in a statement.
Source: on 2016 Vermont Senate race Aug 26, 2014

Peter Shumlin: Assist companies doing stem cell research in Vermont

Assist companies doing stem cell research in Vermont Northeast Kingdom, the area of our state that for generations has struggled with chronically high unemployment rates and low incomes. Assist companies doing stem cell research in Vermont Under my proposal, high schools and tech centers in the Kingdom would become an Innovation Zone and would be able to shift current generic course requirements to focus on those that provide the training the region needs.
Source: 2013 Vermont State of the State / inaugural address Jan 10, 2013

John MacGovern: Don't require churches to provide birth control to staff

MacGovern says there is also a crisis in moral leadership in the US. He opposes Pres. Obama's administration's decision to require religious institutions to provide services that violate their deeply held moral values. He was referring to a requirement that insurance companies representing institutions such as churches provide birth control services even if those institutions object to birth control. MacGovern calls it "an assault on our cherished first amendment right to religious freedom."
Source: Wall Street Journal on 2018 Vermont Senate race Nov 1, 2012

John MacGovern: Opposes abortion in most cases

On the issues, the two primary contestants tout similar conservative views. Both dislike President Obama's health care act, want a drastically smaller federal government, oppose abortion in most cases and are critical of the use of American soldiers to conduct nation-building in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere.
Source: Burlington Free Press, on 2012 Vermont Senate debate Aug 27, 2012

Phil Scott: Abortion isn't a black-and-white issue, but I'm pro-choice

I consider myself "pro-choice, but with restrictions." I do not see abortion issues as simple black-and-white decisions, however, and I'm sure that most women who have ever considered having an abortion themselves feel the same way. Because of my beliefs, I find it impossible to answer the questions in [the Planned Parenthood] survey with a simple "yes" or "no."

But I do want to let people know how I tend to approach these issues. I believe that family planning services are an essential part of our health care system. In our current economic situation, systemwide reductions in health care spending may be necessary to balance budgets, but I would not support cuts directed at family planning services.

I do support a woman's right to choose; however, I do not believe it needs to be a "blank check" in order to be effective. I do not support partial-birth abortion, because I believe there are many options available to terminate a pregnancy well before that stage of development.

Source: Planned Parenthood survey on 2016 Vermont gubernatorial race Mar 15, 2012

Phil Scott: No taxpayer funding for abortion; but ok for family planning

I am very aware that not all Vermonters share my pro-choice views; therefore, I do not believe that abortions should be funded with taxpayer dollars. Just as important as protecting a woman's right to choose, is respecting others" right to oppose abortion for religious or personal reasons. Using public funds to support something that many people strongly disagree with is not an appropriate public policy. But I would not support cuts directed specifically and only at family planning services.
Source: Planned Parenthood survey on 2016 Vermont gubernatorial race Mar 15, 2012

John MacGovern: Religious liberty trumps contraception health insurance

On the contraception issue, MacGovern writes on his website, "As hard as it is to imagine, we are facing a full frontal assault on our religious liberties. The Obama Administration has issued a mandate to force religious institutions to buy health insurance that covers 'free' provision of services that violate their deeply held moral values. This is an assault not only on our religious institutions--it is an assault on our cherished first amendment right to religious freedom."
Source: on 2018 Vermont Senate race Mar 9, 2012

Richard Tarrant: No litmus tests; majority donít want Roe overturned

Tarrant doesnít describe himself as a supporter of the landmark US Supreme Court ruling on abortion, Roe vs. Wade. But he says he accepts it as the law of the land. Tarrant says, ďI donít believe itís overturnable. I donít think the country wants it overturned - the large majority. And so I think we need to move on.Ē

Tarrant says an individualís views on abortion would not be a major factor in his review of a judicial nominee. Tarrant says, ďI donít believe in litmus tests for judges.Ē

Source: Bob Kinzel series of interviews on Vermont Public Radio Oct 25, 2005

Matt Dunne: Abortions should always be legally available

Source: Vermont Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

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