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Vermont Abortion Laws and How They Differ From Neighboring States

By    |   Sunday, 09 August 2015 09:58 PM

Vermont has abortion laws on balance with other neighboring states, where most are seen as fairly liberal.

The state does not require a waiting period for the procedure and doesn't place a limit on public funding, the legal website FindLaw said.

Vermont also doesn't require abortion alternatives to be discussed with a woman in counseling before the procedure takes place. The state does not require that all abortions be completed by physicians. Rather, it allows abortions to be completed by nurse midwives, nurse practitioners and physicians assists, FindLaw noted.

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A study by the Guttmacher Institute on nationwide abortion restrictions ranked Vermont among states with the fewest restrictions, comparable to California and Washington, The Washington Post reported. In that research, Oklahoma was most restrictive while Oregon the least.

Neighboring New Hampshire was ranked fifth from last while Maine was 11th from last, the Post noted.

NARAL Pro-Choice America gave Vermont an A grade on its choice-related laws. Neighboring New Hampshire earned a C-plus, while Maine also earned an A. Massachusetts received a B-minus, NARAL said.

Vermont does not require parental approval for a minor seeking abortion, according to Planned Parenthood. By turn, New Hampshire requires that one parent be told about the woman's abortion decision, although a judge can intervene and excuse such a stipulation.

Vermont ranks No. 48 of all states, according to Americans United for Life's 2014 Report Card, which notes that the state "lacks the most basic legal protections for women considering abortion, for unborn victims of criminal violence, and for nascent human life."

The AUL noted in its rating that "Vermont allows abortions after viability, even in cases where the mother’s life or health is not endangered."

New Hampshire ranked 34th in the AUL study, while Maine ranked 31st.

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