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This letter was written by Elizabeth Petty, a resident of Colchester. The letter supports a constitutional amendment protecting abortion rights in Vermont. A Senate vote is planned for April 9, 2021.

I am writing to urge the Vermont Legislature to approve Prop 5, the Reproductive Liberty Amendment to the Vermont Constitution and to pass this incredibly important measure on to the voters of Vermont.

An amendment to our state constitution is necessary and essential to protect the ability of every person who calls Vermont home to make the decisions that are best for them.

A constitutional amendment must be passed by the House and Senate in two consecutive legislatures, followed by a public vote in the next general election. I am grateful for the overwhelming tri-partisan support Prop 5 saw in the Vermont Legislature in 2019-2020. The decision to pass Prop 5 is up to Vermont voters, if we’re given that chance. I am asking the Senate to pass the Reproductive Liberty Amendment again so that Vermont voters can decide for themselves in 2022.

Reproductive liberty is the freedom to make your own healthcare decisions with dignity, regardless of who you are and where you live. With so much uncertainty around the future of Roe. V. Wade, it’s never been more important for Vermont to protect reproductive freedom and liberty.

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