Horror-struck by bills like Vermont's allowing abortion


Jacqueline Goddard

Friday, March 1, 2019

As a mother and Christian I am horror-struck by the recent legislation allowing abortion, the murder of our children, especially Vermont General Assembly Bill H.57. This bill passed on Feb. 22 and was sponsored by Democratic Representatives Ann Pugh and Maxine Grad and co-sponsored by more than 27 Democrats and six progressives.

I’m fortunate to have two grown children making this world a better place but like many women, I’ve suffered the loss of children through a first trimester miscarriage and a stillborn child. The miscarriage was actually my son’s twin and is remembered for what he would have been, not a mere collection of blood and tissues. Our stillborn daughter is a beloved member of our family whom we have mourned for decades and acknowledge annually on her date of death.

However, Bill H.57 states that these living beings we loved, are only “a fertilized egg, embryo or fetus.” I don’t treasure my pictures of a fetus; I treasure photographs of my 37-week-old daughter Elizabeth. This despicable bill states that the children we carry while pregnant “shall not have independent rights under Vermont law,” which succinctly allows for their death without punishment.

This vile bill allows for the murder of our children at any time during a pregnancy by the mere fact that it shockingly says “every individual who becomes pregnant has the fundamental right to choose to carry a pregnancy to term, give birth to a child, or to have an abortion,” period, the end, without any regard to the child’s age. So the day before a woman’s due date, a child can be murdered, its life ended without consequence or penalty because that baby has no independent rights.

My faith recognizes that life begins at conception. I’ve seen that tiny heartbeat and know that it is so true. What did you think when you witnessed your baby’s heartbeat during an ultrasound?

Lastly, I ask each person reading this letter if they feel their life should have been snuffed out while they were innocently growing in their mother’s womb? Would it have mattered?

Jacqueline Goddard