The notice of an upcoming vote to amend the state constitution is required by Vermont law

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott gave formal notice Wednesday that state voters will be casting ballots in November on a measure to amend the state constitution to protect reproductive rights in the state, including abortion. The notice of an upcoming vote to amend the state constitution is required by Vermont law. In 2019, the Vermont Legislature passed a law guaranteeing abortion rights. At the same time, the state began the process to amend the constitution. The proposal must be passed by two consecutively elected legislatures. The final step in the process is a statewide referendum, scheduled for Election Day in November. The final vote on Vermont’s Reproductive Liberty Amendment, also known as Proposal 5, comes in the aftermath of last month’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that at legalized abortion.