December 19, 2022

Vermont Governor Signs Amendment Creating Constitutional Right to Abortion

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R)
On Dec 13, Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R) signed an amendment to the state constitution creating a right to abortion.

The people of Vermont voted to approve the amendment during the 2022 midterm elections. With Scott's signature, the change is now official.

Vermont passed a law in 2019 creating a statutory right to abortion. Immediately after they passed that law, legislators began the process of amending the constitution to strengthen their legislation. It passed in two consecutive legislative sessions before going to voters in the 2022 midterms. Over 76% of voters approved the amendment.

Other states that created constitutional rights to abortion during the midterm election include California, Kansas, Kentucky, and Michigan.