Montpelier, VT — Vermonters on Tuesday voted to amend their constitution to protect every person’s right to make their own reproductive decisions, including whether and when to become pregnant, use birth control, or seek an abortion. A Fairness Project-supported campaign, Vermont for Reproductive Liberty, was behind the effort to pass Prop 5. When race was called shortly before 10 p.m. ET, “Yes” votes were leading 76% to 24%.
In response to this victory, Fairness Project Executive Director Kelly Hall released the following statement:
“Congratulations to Vermont for Reproductive Liberty on their successful campaign! At a time when our reproductive rights cannot be taken for granted in any state, this constitutional amendment is a crucial step forward, and we hope that other states will follow Vermont’s lead. The Fairness Project is so proud to have been part of the coalition to pass this amendment and help chart the path forward for the future of abortion access. Even without the protections of Roe, we can defend the right to choose across this country through ballot measures. We’re looking forward to passing more ballot measures to protect abortion rights wherever we can — because reproductive freedom should always be a patient’s decision, not a politician’s.”
In addition to the Fairness Project, supporters of the campaign included the Vermont ACLU, Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund, NAACP Rutland Area Branch, Rights and Democracy, the Union of Vermont Educators, League of Women Voters of Vermont, and dozens more organizations, health care professions, and elected officials.
“The Fairness Project’s proven experience winning campaigns and delivering justice via ballot measures was crucial to the success of our initiative, which will protect Vermonters’ rights for decades to come,” said Lucy Leriche from Vermont for Reproductive Liberty. “We’re grateful to have had their partnership. Their strategic and financial contribution to our campaign helped protect patients’ freedom at this critical time for reproductive rights.”