Rep. Anne Donahue to help educate voters about Prop 5/Article 22

Vermonters For Good Government (VFGG) is honored to announce a new partnership.

Rep. Anne Donahue is joining the effort to help VFGG educate voters about Prop 5/Article 22 issues across Vermont through various mediums over the coming months. VFGG is extremely excited to have one of the most knowledgeable and objective legislators in the statehouse provide her unique and credible insights through commentaries, interviews, speaking engagements, and (hopefully) debates over the coming months.

Anne Donahue is partnering with VFGG

Rep. Anne Donahue has been a Vermont state legislator since 2003, and currently is vice-chair of the Health Care Committee and represents Northfield and Berlin. She is from a multi-generation Vermont family. Anne is well known as a mental health advocate, a passion born from her own experiences with serious mental illness in the 1990s. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, and has spent many years working with young people, including running nationally recognized street outreach programs for runaway and homeless youth in New York City and Los Angeles.

Annisa Lamberton, current spokesperson for VFGG, who will continue doing speaking engagements, welcomes the expert “reinforcement.”

“We are so pleased that Rep. Donahue is going to take a lead role in educating Vermonters about the hidden dangers of Article 22. We have a big task ahead of us; many Vermonters are just hearing about Article 22 for the first time and haven’t been told the full story about the implications of a vaguely worded Constitutional amendment.

She’s had a front row seat to this process and has a strong desire to fulfill her legislative responsibilities to make sure Vermont voters truly understand what Article 22 will mean for all of us,” said Annisa.

Rep. Donahue was in the thick of things during the legislative phase of the Constitutional amendment process in the statehouse. She raised the alarm many times about the issues stemming from poorly worded legal language. She raised those concerns both within the statehouse and in public.

In a commentary that was published around the state in January of this year, Rep. Donahue wrote:

“There should be deep concern about the impact that Proposal 5 could have on our state’s hospitals, health care delivery and workforce crisis through overturning such protections.

There are inaccurate perceptions about the scope and intent of this constitutional amendment …which describe its purpose as to “protect the abortion rights spelled out in the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.”

In fact, the unusual wording of the constitutional amendment would do three key things:

      • It would protect any abortion for any reason until the moment of birth (unlike the balance of state interests created in Roe for third trimester pregnancies), likely rendering null any individual hospital’s abortion policies, including conflict of care policies.
      • It would extend protection to any health care service that relates to “’personal reproductive autonomy” with no known definition of how far that concept might extend.
      • It would turn any debate over that high bar of what constitutes a “compelling state interest” over to the Vermont courts.

It offers no final word, but rather would be subjected to any number of future court interpretations.

VFGG Executive Director Matthew Strong also had high praise for the new partnership.

“Rep. Donahue’s offer to help our efforts is a sign of our momentum and we are honored to have her help. She has deep healthcare policy knowledge, extremely important legal training and understanding, and is one of the most careful thinkers in the statehouse. She is also unafraid to take stands that might be risky or go against preset notions.

She is more concerned about real world ramifications of the bills she votes on than simply voting party lines, and that speaks to the heart of the issue for us at VFGG,” Matthew Strong said.

If you would like to schedule Rep. Anne Donahue (or Annisa Lamberton or Matthew Strong) for a speaking engagement, Q&A, interview or comment for all media formats, or a moderated public debate, please feel free to reach out to Matthew Strong via email at

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3 thoughts on “Rep. Anne Donahue to help educate voters about Prop 5/Article 22

  1. Thank you, Ann, for partnering up with VFGG. Looking forward to learning from this organization and passing on information.

  2. I’m sure Joe Benning is sitting at his desk crying in his soup today over the ruling by the supreme Court regarding the slaughter of The unborn

    Instead of taking this as a clue as to what people with any sense of morality should be doing and banning the murder of our unborn I’m sure Joe is dreaming up more ways to defend the dismemberment of these poor babies in the womb through abortion.

    Joe Benning calls himself a Republican however he does not support our Republican values and the right to life.

    I hope our Republican party, or what’s left of it in the state, gets up enough courage to speak out against this traitor to morality and to life.

  3. Thank you Ann for speaking about this and I appreciate your courage

    I’m a little dismayed that in spite of your courage we still have a Republican party that is supporting senator Joe Biden and his run for lieutenant governor climbing to be a Republican.

    No it’s certainly obvious from your statements here you know supporter of prop 5 however Joe Biden as a candidate for lieutenant governor in the Republican party holds his head high and gives you that I’m holier than thou look and says he’s in favor of the bill.

    Somebody in our Republican party has to get this right.

    Either Joe Benning is a Republican and supports prop 5 along with the rest of the Republicans or we need to denounce Joe Benning because he is not a Republican.

    I’m just waiting to hear the responses from those that claim they’re in charge of the Republican party and they want to make it good for everyone.

    Joe Benning is a candidate for lieutenant governor pretending to be a Republican and voting for this kind of disgusting legislation… He’s proud of it.

    Just how proud are the Republicans to denounce Joe Benning from their ticket!

    Joe Benning is not a Republican he supports everything that is contrary to our beliefs.

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