June 11, 2019 08:54 AM
Republican governor signs bill protecting abortion rights
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont's Republican governor has signed a bill into law that protects a woman's access to abortion services.
Gov. Phil Scott signed the legislation Monday, saying he has consistently supported a woman's right to choose.
He says "the legislation affirms what is already allowable in Vermont - protecting reproductive rights and ensuring those decisions remain between a woman and her health care provider."
The measure is separate from a proposal to amend the state constitution to guarantee a woman's right to an abortion.
Proponents say the two measures are needed in case the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
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Created: June 11, 2019 08:54 AM
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