Letter: Write to lawmakers to back H.57

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To the Editor:

There is an ever-increasing possibility that Roe v. Wade, the United States Supreme Court decision that mandated safe and legal abortions in the United States, may be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

With this in mind, members of the Vermont House of Representatives have introduced H.57, a bill that would protect women's reproductive rights in Vermont, including the right to contraception and to obtain a safe and legal abortion.

This bill would neither enhance nor restrict access to abortion in Vermont. The goal of this bill is to prevent government interference between a patient and her healthcare practitioner and to allow healthcare practitioners to provide the highest quality, evidence-based, compassionate care that aligns with a patient's goals.

The bill has been referred to the House Human Services Committee. We need your support. Please e-mail committee members to express your support for H.57 to protect Vermont Women's Access to Reproductive Rights:

jtucker@leg.state.vt.us; apugh@leg.state.vt.us; fmcfaun@leg.state.vt.us; shaas@leg.state.vt.us; Jbrumsted@leg.state.vt.us; jgregoire@leg.state.vt.us; Inicoll@leg.state.vt.us; Dnoyes@leg.state.vt,us; kpajala@leg.state.vt.us; mredmond@leg.state.vt.us; Crosenquist@leg.state.vt.us; twood@leg.state.vt.us.

Judy Murphy, Bennington; Nancy Boardman, Arlington; Lora Block, Bennington; Dr. Bob Block, Bennington; Julie Mackaman, Pownal; Mary Feidner, North Bennington; Mary Ann Carlson, Arlington; Judith Frangos, North Bennington; Jennifer Kern, Bennington; Gudrun Hutchins, Pownal; Libby Harris, North Bennington; Sue Hoffman-Ogier, Bennington; Wayne Hoffman-Ogier, Bennington; Lesley Jacobson, Bennington; Catherine M. McClure, Bennington; Chris Costello, Shaftsbury; Steve Smith, Dorset; Patricia Gordon Michael, East Arlington; Anne Bugbee, Bennington; Kathy Wagenknecht, Bennington; Patricia White, Bennington; Suzanne Kirkpatrick, Bennington; Kathe Dillmann, Manchester Center; Virginia Baier, Manchester Center; Margaret Howland, Bennington; Deane Howland, Bennington; Mary Gerisch, Bennington; Judy Kniffin, Bennington; and Nancy Schoerke, Shaftsbury.

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