This commentary is by Gregory Thayer of Rutland. He is a candidate for lieutenant governor.
Abortion is not a constitutional right! To say otherwise is to say you have never read our U.S. Constitution or you do not understand the document. There is nowhere in the Constitution that says anything about reproductive rights or abortion, nor is there any right to privacy regarding the same. Doesn’t the unborn life have a right to life — the right to the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness?
The SCOTUS, in 1973, was made up of nine male members, and a 7-to-2 decision was handed down. They had to go back to a prior case to be able to cite a privacy right. Even the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that the ruling was not just and should not have been issued — and she is pro-choice!
What this recent SCOTUS ruling did do was put the abortion question to the states, under the 10th Amendment in the Bill of Rights in our U.S. Constitution. It’s fairly simple friends, but as usual, legal analysts have to complicate everything.
If all people would look at the science, and the life in the woman’s womb, they would see that life starts at conception, well before the baby is delivered. Technology shows us proof of that, and that there is a beating heart within weeks. This is not a mass of cells, this is God’s life being created inside his/her mother, as backed by multiple biologists. In his dissertation for his doctorate at the University of Chicago, Mr. Jacobs interviewed 5,577 biologists, and 96% concurred that it begins at fertilization. (Steven Jacobs, PH.D.; Quillette 2019)
As your next lieutenant governor, I will work to change Vermont’s abortion law to recognize life before birth based on sound science and documented proof.
Moreover, Prop 5/Article 22 must be defeated! The ballot language for our general election (11/8/22) is very vague:
That an individuals right to personal reproductive autonomy is central to the liberty and dignity to determine one’s own life course and shall not be denied or infringed unless justified by a compelling State interest achieved by the least restrictive means.
There is no need to enshrine abortion in our state’s constitution. This language includes everyone, and it does not separate an adult from a child. So, your minor child could request a sex change without parental knowledge. Also, the unborn baby can be fully developed and able to live outside the mom’s womb and still be aborted. This is both wrong and breaks up the family. Do parents have a right to their minor child? Unfortunately, abortion is law up to birth, and some would argue for a time after a botched abortion.
My opponent in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor voted for this Prop 5 abortion proposal twice, not once, but two times in the Vermont Senate, in 2019 and again in 2021. We must defeat both of them! Prop. 5 does not guarantee a parent’s right as he proclaims, it denies them. Princeton University professor of jurisprudence Robert P. George said in his expert testimony “that reproductive autonomy is a well know euphemism for licensing the right to kill a human life.” He continued with “that a compelling state interest by the least restrictive means is not relevant without a defined meaning of reproductive autonomy. No Court would ever rule on this language.”