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Vermont and Maine Expand Abortion Rights

HeadlineJun 12, 2019

In reproductive rights news, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed a bill Monday affirming abortion as a “fundamental right.” The law prohibits the government from interfering with the decision to get an abortion, and protects access to contraception, sterilization and family planning. A spokesperson for Governor Scott previously said he would not sign the bill passed by Democratic state lawmakers last month—though Vermont law would still have allowed the legislation to go into effect.

Meanwhile in Maine, Democratic Governor Janet Mills signed a bill allowing physician assistants and some registered nurses to perform abortions—instead of just doctors—which she says will increase abortion access for Mainers in rural areas.

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